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Information and library leaders explore future workforce development

Responding to feedback from the profession, CILIP identified a cross-sector interest in identifying the future development needs of the workforce and how best to meet those needs. Working in partnership with City, University of London, CILIP designed and hosted a free employer engagement event, sponsored by Demco Interiors to address this theme on 2nd November 2016. Luke Stevens-Burt, Head of Member Services said “CILIP is well placed to bring together leaders from across the profession. This event gave sector leaders time and space to explore the professional issues and workforce developments they will all face in the near future. The opportunity to work together is important in securing a stronger workforce in the future.”

The event kicked off with a CILIP presentation summarising important workforce studies followed by a panel discussion with senior representatives from across the professional sectors.

The attendees fedback that they valued “talking to colleagues across sectors” and “hearing the different views and ideas from speakers”. The event continued with lively workshop activities identifying the vital skills employers need developed for the future workforce. It also reinforced the range of skills in the profession, demonstrating how demanding and varied information careers are. Some recurring themes were; data management and analytics, business skills, resilience, change management, communication, political skills, teaching and marketing.

Employers want well-rounded professionals, grounded in solid theory but with real life experience. Discussion centred on the scope of the academic role in providing this. It was suggested academic courses provide a solid foundation and are well placed to continue to deliver or develop content around data management, evidence based research, business skills, communication and legislation. There was strong recognition of the role of continuing professional development (CPD) in helping professionals to acquire the necessary skills and experience. Employers valued the role of CPD opportunities such as shadowing, mentoring and secondments to help individuals gain confidence, communication and networking skills as well as giving practical experience of project and budget management. The event demonstrated employers value the scope CILIP’s Professional Registration to deliver many of the attributes employers need. With its emphasis on CPD and reflection it is seen as a way to develop well-rounded, reflective practitioners and future leaders. There was support for building a vocational route, ideally using existing frameworks to give a blended learning approach, combining study and work place experience.

CILIP CEO Nick Poole commented “The event was a huge success. It brought together a diverse audience of leaders and managers from libraries and the wider knowledge and information management sector. It was a great opportunity to discuss the changing job market, the future demand for information skills and how we work with learning providers to attract, retain and develop talent in the sector. CILIP will use these outcomes to inform our current work on the Public Library Skills Strategy and our wider work on a UK-wide Information Skills Strategy.” The organisers are keen for the information sharing and dialogue started at the event to continue and plans are developing for a repeat health sector-specific event and a mapping document of current LIS course content.

Priority access to employer engagement events is just one of the benefits of CILIP’s Organisation Membership. For more information contact CILIP Development Officer (Employers) Jo Cornish jo.cornish@cilip.org.uk or 020 7255 0549. For more information on Professional Registration contact memberservices@cilip.org.uk

Transforming your service: the right evidence at the right time and place: HILJ Virtual Issue 2016

To mark the 2016 Health Libraries Group (HLG) Conference, Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) has published a virtual issue on the topic of “Transforming your service: the right evidence at the right time and place”. The virtual issue, edited by Anthea Sutton, contains articles and features published in HILJ in the past two years (2014-2016), on the theme of service transformation, and the related key strategic themes outlined in Knowledge for Healthcare (KFH).

The selected articles and features all demonstrate initiatives in health care library and knowledge services in line with these strategic themes, including optimising investment, quick and easy access to relevant evidence, and planning and development of the knowledge service workforce. The virtual issue aims to give an overview of KFH, highlighting examples of good practice and complementing the presentations and discussions at HLG 2016.

The 2016 HILJ Virtual issue is freely available online, and includes a video abstract.

Anthea Sutton
Information Resources Group Manager/Senior Information Specialist
Information Resources Group
Health Economics and Decision Science
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The University of Sheffield
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Email: a.sutton@sheffield.ac.uk

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Build your leadership skills with the NHS Leadership Academy

If you are looking to build your leadership skills in a health and care context, at your own pace, while being part of a supportive online community, the Edward Jenner Programme from the NHS Leadership Academy could be for you.

Aimed at staff fairly new to leadership, the programme is open to everyone, working at any level, in a health and social care context and offers a first step into leadership. The learning offers a mix of theory and practice delivered online and can therefore be undertaken at a time and place suited your needs.  Furthermore, as it is an NHS course, the examples provided are NHS specific and therefore easier to relate to our own work.

Colleagues who serve NHS staff but are employed by Higher Education Institutions or Local Authorities are equally welcome to sign up.

The programme is made up of three elements:

  • Launch – offers and introduction to leadership and a chance for self-reflection.  It is designed to take about 5 hours to complete
  • Foundations – offers more about the theory and practice of leadership with real-life examples taken from health and social care.

Both these elements are free to access and undertaken online through a mixture of film, activities and discussions.   Following completion of the Foundation module participants are invited to complete a short written piece reflecting on learning from the programme which results in being entered for a NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

For those who complete Launch and Foundations and wish to go further with the programme a third module is available.

  • Advanced – offers further online learning and three face-to-face one-day workshops, taking around three months to complete.

Unlike the first two modules which are free to complete, this module incurs a fee of £350.

If you are interested why not view further details on the NHS Leadership Academy website and talk to your line manager about signing up?

On behalf of the Workforce Planning and Development Group