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.

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