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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 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