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Workforce Planning and Development – time to reflect

This is one of the five major work streams of the Knowledge for Healthcare programme. Reflecting on our progress as Chair of the Working Group that steers and oversees our implementation of this aspect of the programme I’m delighted to share where we are as the year turns.

We have a great deal to be proud of. Much has been achieved, more is about to be delivered and, as always, there is still a great deal to do.

Here’s what we have achieved this year, with untiring support from three ‘task and finish’ groups:

  1. Defining core competencies – chaired by Mary Hill. This group is creating a health themed version of CILIP’s Professional Skills and Knowledge Base. This will be invaluable as a self-assessment tool for professional development, as well as a framework for skills analysis, staff training and development plans.
  2. National training programme Chaired by Hugh Hanchard has used the Learning Needs Analysis you may recall completing last winter, to identify the top 15 training needs. They are now considering how these might best be delivered.
  3. Learning Zone – now chaired by Sian Aynsley, building on initial work led by Paula Elliott. This group is identifying and planning to bring together online learning resources for our specialist workforce. We are very confident you are going to welcome this resource.

Additionally, we commissioned a brand new talent management toolkit from Claire Bradshaw Associates. A sneak preview of the work this week tells me this is going to be a really valuable tool. Look out for this early in the New Year.

And that’s not all.

We have reviewed capacity to lead the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare, to good effect:

  • New geography based roles are now in place in the North (David Stewart) and South (Helen Bingham). Discussions are in-hand with HEE for the other two HEE geographies.
  • We have just recruited to a leadership programme tailored specifically for mid-career healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists. Starting in March ’16 each participant will take an active role in delivering an assigned project on behalf of Knowledge for Healthcare.


On the agenda for next year is to better understand the development needs of front line staff, begin defining some of the advanced competencies needed – for instance to shape new embedded roles and be successful as knowledge managers and in helping to provide public and patient information.

We reflect that we are fortunate to have so many really good librarians thinking and working and making such progress together!  That they make this contribution on top of busy day jobs is much appreciated. So, as we see all their work coming through, you might see the information products they are creating as gifts. These are exciting times and we invite each one of you to take time to look beyond the wrapping paper, take a good look and make the most of these new resources and opportunities through 2016.


Happy New Year.

A fantastic opportunity to develop your leadership skills – a free one year programme for 2016/17 – applications close on Monday 21 December

What is the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Development Programme? We are launching an exciting opportunity for those who wish to develop and strengthen their effectiveness as they take on a variety of leadership roles. Delivered in partnership with CILIP, on behalf of Health Education England a new leadership programme, specifically for healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists who provide services to staff who work for the NHS, starts in March next year.

What is the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Development Programme? This new programme is being delivered in partnership with CILIP, on behalf of Health Education England. It has been designed to strengthen our capability to lead the ambitious changes envisioned within Knowledge for Healthcare. Based on a model already piloted by CILIP, the programme has been tailored specifically for healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists who provide services to staff who work for the NHS

Who is it for? This programme is not just for those with formal leadership responsibility; it is for those who wish to develop and strengthen their effectiveness as they take on a variety of leadership roles.

The programme is targeted at mid-career professionals so although we welcome applications from all experience levels we believe it will be of most benefit to individuals who have some leadership experience and are looking to build on this for the future.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Identify different leadership styles; reflect on their appropriateness in different situations
  • Reflect on their own preferred personal leadership style and its effectiveness in different working environments to influence and inspire others
  • Consider leadership in context for different organisations (i.e. governance, culture, policies)
  • Appreciate approaches to strategic thinking, change management and evaluation
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder engagement and the requirements of project management
  • Show an understanding of the leadership skills needed to develop the application of knowledge management in healthcare settings
  • Build upon experience, skills and knowledge developed through the programme and engagement with a wide range of experienced professionals to drive innovation and improvement
  • Identify their leadership development needs and how consider how to address these, and understand the opportunities available through the NHS Leadership Academy.

Programme details: The programme will utilise different methods of learning, including face-to-face and virtual elements. There will be a combination of workshops, webinars, videos, reading and discussions around a variety of topics relating to leadership throughout the programme.

In addition to these learning opportunities, each participant will take an active role in:

  • Group project work – delivering an assigned project, with others, on behalf of Knowledge for Healthcare. The group project will enable individuals to strengthen their leadership skills to deliver a piece of work, and implement change, as well as enabling experience of leading within the group environment.
  • Action Learning Set – held throughout the programme, supporting group project work and personal development.

Personal development planning will focus predominantly on the relevant areas of the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base, to identify needs and approaches to address these at both a personal level and organisational level.

Compulsory Elements: All participants are required to attend each of the following elements of the programme:

  • 11 March 2016    Programme Launch. London
  • April 2016             Action Learning Set 1
  • June 2016             Workshop
  • July 2016              Action Learning Set 2
  • September 2016 Workshop
  • October 2016       Action Learning Set 3
  • February 2017     Sharing the learning

Recommended dates: These events are optional, but highly recommended:

Resource Commitment

Time: We estimate that individuals will need to set aside 2-3 days per month, to engage in the programme and meet their personal development needs. At times through the year the project plan agreed by each group may require a greater commitment.

Costs: There is no fee for taking part in this programme, which is being funded by HEE as part of its commitment to implementing Knowledge for Healthcare. All delegates are expected to make their own arrangements to cover the cost of travel and accommodation, as needed. See also the HEE Statement regarding travel or accommodation expenses.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A CV
  2. A statement which tells us something more about you in 1,000 to 1,500 words:

Give examples of where you have taken leadership roles, whether in a professional or personal setting. Tell us what you learned from each one. Are there are there things you would do differently now? Which leadership behaviours worked well?

What do you hope to gain from this programme?

How might you apply the learning in practice?

Where do you see your career options? How do you intend to get yourself ready?

Why should you have a place?

Application Guidance: By submitting your application you are demonstrating a personal commitment to fully participate in the programme. This includes attendance at each of the compulsory face-to-face workshops and action learning set meetings.

Please submit your application, by email to david.stewart@nhs.net

Each applicant will receive confirmation of receipt of the application within five working days.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the NHS and to the library and information profession
  • Commitment to delivering Knowledge for Healthcare
  • Ambition to strengthen leadership skills, and effectiveness in role
  • Commitment to reflective practice
  • Commitment to applying new knowledge and skills
  • An ability to demonstrate flexibility, self-awareness and authenticity
  • Career ambition – and being clear that careers take many shapes and paths  

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 21st December 2015 at 5pm.

Application Notification: Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application by the week beginning 18th January 2016.