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#ukmedlibs Development Needs Analysis chat

For their November chat, #ukmedlibs, the Twitter-based professional development network, ran a chat on the Knowledge for Healthcare Development Needs Analysis published in July 2017.

The chat transcript and analytics are now available, if you couldn’t take part, and the report itself [MSWord] is also online.

One question that came up in the chat was why the exercise is now called the Development Needs Analysis (DNA), rather than the Training Needs Analysis (TNA). We felt that the broader term better represented the range of ongoing professional development activity.

Newly published: National Training Programme TaF Reports

The National Training Programme Task and Finish Group has now submitted its final report which have been signed off by the Workforce Planning and Development Working Group and the LKS Leads Group. You can read about their priorities for training for library and knowledge staff as well as their views on the next learning needs analysis which will be carried out in early 2017 on the TaF Reports page.

Our next step in developing a national training programme is to establish a standing group which will meet in early July 2016 – more news soon.

David Stewart

Director of Health Libraries North / Chair of the Knowledge for healthcare Workforce Planning & Development Working Group

Who’s afraid of the big bad app…….

Not library staff……they are extremely keen to learn about them, to learn how to exploit them, to support others in using them – this is just one of priorities identified from the training needs analysis survey by the National Training Programme (NTP) Task and Finish Group.

The purpose of the NTP group is to identify training needs to underpin the competencies required of library staff and also to identify priorities for their developmental needs.  The group has representation from professional and paraprofessional staff and from areas across the country.

There are two main objectives for the group.  The first is to develop a curriculum for a national training program which will equip staff with the competencies to meet their current roles and to develop their skills to meet the changing needs of the NHS.

Design and delivery of a biannual survey of development needs is the second main task of the group.  This survey will be used to retrospectively identify training priorities, as well as identifying the prospective training needs of NHS library staff.  These priorities will also be reflected in the national curriculum.

A training needs survey was conducted earlier this year and Apps were the most frequently requested development need identified by bands 3 & 4, bands 5 & 6  and were in the top 5 for bands 7 and upwards.  Clearly “Apps” are a priority but further work needs to be done to address what library staff want to know, the variation between regions and even Trusts, and how it should be delivered.

If only there was “an app for that”….

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us via the group chair, hugh.hanchard@stees.nhs.uk

Members of the group

Pauline Blagden, Katherine France, Hugh Hanchard (Chair), John Loy, Janet Sampson, Gail Samuel