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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.





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