Launched at the CILIP Conference on the 12th July 2016, the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) for Health (login required) is now available.
If only there was a way of encapsulating the broad range of skills and knowledge required to develop the health library and knowledge workforce to meet current and future needs? Over the last year the Competencies Task and Finish Group have worked with CILIP to create an enriched version of the CILIP PKSB which has examples from a health setting throughout.
The Group have scrutinised every word in the CILIP PKSB and interpreted it for a health setting. We have also had lengthy debates about what constitutes a competency and the differences between knowledge, skills, values and behaviours. We have looked at numerous other examples of competency and value frameworks for different professions and have worked tirelessly to produce a tool that can be used by anyone working in the health library and knowledge sector, whatever their role.
The PKSB for Health will only be of use if it is embraced by the whole health library and knowledge workforce and as such we would like to encourage you to take a look and start using the self- assessment tool to plan your own personal development. Don’t panic – there is no expectation that an individual will have the same level of skills and knowledge across the whole of the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base for Health. The level of knowledge and skills will vary depending upon your role.
How can it help you?
- As a self-assessment tool it can help you to plan your personal development and be used as part of the process of gaining professional registration and revalidation by CILIP
- It can be used to demonstrate your unique skill set to employers and enhance their understanding of the competencies required by library and knowledge staff
- It can be used to inform role and service redesign, staff training and be used to support staff recruitment and retention
- It can be used by managers as part of the appraisal and talent management process
- It will be used to support workforce planning and development at local, regional and national level.
Practical suggestions to get you started:
- Read and share with colleagues the brochure – The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base for Health
- Read the full Professional Knowledge and Skills Base for Health
- Use the self-assessment ratings to score your level of knowledge and skills
- Identify any areas that you want to develop and think about how you might do that – the Learning Zone may help here
- Share the PKSB for Health with your employer or line manager and colleagues.
- Consider using it with your line manager as a way of jointly identifying areas which you want to develop
The second Competencies Task and Finish Group have met to discuss the second phase of their work which will consider additional tools to supplement the PKSB for Health and create resources for role reconfiguration– more of this in a future post.
Please let us know how you get on using the PKSB for Health or get in touch with your LKLS Lead if you would like further information.
Alison Day on behalf of the Competencies TAF