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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

A force to be reckoned with – the NHS LKS workforce

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 david.stewart@nhs.net

David Stewart

Director of Health Libraries North