Workforce planning and development 2020

Like everyone we have had to adapt in this extraordinary year and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the workstream for their hard work, patience and above all adaptability this year.

CPD Group: have delivered an amazing programme this year, with more to come in the Spring: “Library Carpentry”(see below) and further workshops to develop your scanning and synthesising skills.

The third cohort of our senior leadership development programme had a virtual kick off in October and the eight participants are well on their way. With support from Maggie Woods at HEE, Tracey Pratchett has turned our former face to face programme of  workshops into a 19 module programmes.

Gil Young has been working with Jo Cornish at CILIP as part of a cross-sectoral working group setting up a Trailblazer group for a level 6/7 apprenticeship in library, information sciences and knowledge management. Gil has also been our key link into Manchester Metropolitans’ Department of Languages, Information & Communications working on the next iteration of the health libraries elective module that ran last year – this needs something of a rethink to fit in with the University’s new style of teaching.

Things to watch out for:

  • Health Education England’s Digital skills self-assessment tool which will be rolled out to the whole NHS workforce in England
  • Library Carpentry programme – providing an opportunity for participants to deepen their skills in understanding software development and data science]

You may know that I am retiring in March 2021, and already starting to focus on the things that need sorting, filing and handing on. We have a new Chair for the Workforce Planning and Development workstream as I have handed on the baton to Dominic Gilroy. Dominic is now taking the lead responsibility for this workstream. I wish him and all of you every success.

With season’s greetings,

David Stewart
Head of Library and Knowledge Services: North East and Yorkshire / North West

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