The implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare calls for flexible, multi-skilled knowledge specialists – and we know that our staff are our greatest asset.
It is the expertise of qualified librarians and information specialists, together with our colleagues on the front line of NHS funded library service points, who can make all the difference in bringing knowledge to bear on learning, research, decision-making and innovation. The principles and values defined within the development framework shape our workforce planning and development agenda. It signals skills and experience set to become ever more important.
Focussed on issues around Workforce Planning and Development, this blog is one to watch.
As Chair of the working group which oversees this part of the implementation plan, I am delighted that this key area has attracted highly experienced volunteers from across the profession to help us get this right for the future. The working group members are:
David Stewart – Director of Health Libraries North
Sue Lacey Bryant – Advisor to the Knowledge for Healthcare Programme
Anthea Sutton – Senior Information Specialist, ScHARR, University of Sheffield
Gary Sutton – Library Manager, Warrington & Halton Hospital NHS FT
Simon Edwards – Head of Professional Development, CILIP
Sharon Markless – Senior Lecturer in Education, King’s College London
Gil Young (working group secretary) – CPD & Partnerships Manager, NW Health Care Libraries Unit
Meeting for the first time in May 2015, the group has set up three initial ‘task and finish’ groups (TAFs) so far to work on specific time-limited project groups. Each is made up of volunteers from NHS LKS staff. These TAFs will:
- develop a set of core competencies for health LKS staff, building on CILIP’s PKSB
Chair: Mary Hill, Christie Hospital
- define a core national curriculum – setting priorities for ongoing training to meet the needs of future service delivery
Chair: Hugh Hanchard, South Tees Hospitals
- Launch an online learning zone of resources and career opportunities for library staff
Chair: Paula Elliott, Bolton Hospital
We know that continuing professional development is essential for members of our small, specialised workforce to be able to ensure that they have the right expertise and experience to take the opportunities that lie ahead. We know too that the leaders of tomorrow’s library and knowledge services are already part of today’s workforce. So, in addition to setting up our task and finish groups we have:
- Commissioned a Talent Management Toolkit
Building on the existing toolkit, this will underpin the conversations we need to have, and development activity we need to undertake, to open up opportunities for career progression and ensure robust succession planning
- Started to develop a leadership programme
Working closely with CILIP, we are shaping an introductory leadership programme for library managers and their deputies or assistants. Strengthening capacity and capability to deliver Knowledge for Healthcare , this will also serve to build leadership skills amongst those wanting to take on more senior roles in the future.
As you can see, there is a great deal happening and this is only year one of our five-year programme! More news to follow in further postings.
You are invited to get involved. To find out more, and if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Health Libraries North