Category Archives: Workforce Planning and Development

Achieving an improved staffing ratio

The NHS requires proactive knowledge services as business-critical instruments of informed decision-making. Currently there is significant variation in the ratio of qualified librarians and knowledge specialists to healthcare staff, leading to inequitable service provision across England. This means that the Service is not uniformly able to draw on evidence for #MillionDecisions. The introduction of a recommended staff ratio is a key action by Health Education England to enable individual organisations to identify and address that risk.


For the first time this policy, agreed by the Health Education England Executive in November 2019, provides a set of recommendations from which trusts and arm’s length bodies may look to ensure, and where necessary continuously build, improved staffing levels.

Recommendations:

1. To optimise the benefits for the NHS of the emerging new roles for librarians and knowledge specialists, HEE recommends that all NHS organisations:

  • (i)    review regular reports of the positive impact of the library and knowledge service on outcomes
  • (ii)    work with the local library service manager to prioritise allocation of clinical librarian, knowledge manager and other embedded roles to specialities
  • (iii)   take incremental steps to improve the staff ratio between qualified librarians and knowledge managers per member of the NHS workforce, through role redesign and by expanding this specialist workforce

2. HEE recommends that over time, all NHS organisations aspire to achieving a much-improved staffing ratio

3. HEE recommends that those NHS organisations with a staffing ratio in the region of the current average of 1 qualified librarian to 1,730 or more healthcare staff, strive to achieve a ratio of at least 1 qualified librarian or knowledge specialist per 1,250 WTE NHS staff.

4. HEE commits to monitoring the staff ratios annually and to reviewing the recommended ratio in three years’ time.

Organisations are invited to contact their local HEE Library and Knowledge service lead for support in progressing these recommendations.  

Sue Lacey Bryant
National Lead for NHS Library and Knowledge Services

Development Needs Analysis 2019

Help us plan our future CPD programme for you – the 2019 Library and Knowledge Services Development Needs Analysis Survey is now live and can be accessed by clicking here.  We need every member of the library and knowledge services team to complete it.

The survey runs until 30th November 2019.

Tell us what your development needs are and how you would prefer those needs to be met.

The 2017 Development Needs analysis was a great success with a record number of respondents (758). Crucially it created a rich data-set that allowed Health Education England to support your development at local, regional and national levels We ran a whole range of courses including measuring value and impact, and synthesising and summarising evidence.

Just to emphasise – we need everyone to complete the 2019 survey so that we can plan programmes over the next two years. We look forward to seeing what you say.

Many thanks

David Stewart

Lead for Workforce Planning and Development

Evaluating the STEP literature searching eLearning modules

In September 2018, the STEP project team launched the final module of “How to Search the Literature Effectively”on e-Learning for Healthcare.

We are really keen to find out whether librarians are using the eLearning and to capture what they think. Please could you to take 5 minutes to complete our survey and to tell us how you are using these modules to develop the skills of your end users.

The survey will close on 24th May 2019

Survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDY3WYS

If you have any queries, please contact

tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk or sarah.lewis23@nhs.net