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Clinical Knowledge Specialist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic information professional to join our dynamic knowledge and library service at University Hospitals Sussex. As a clinical knowledge specialist you will be out and about in the hospital, working closely with health care staff to inform patient care decision-making, quality improvement and research.

Main duties of the job

You will produce reviews of the latest evidence, connect staff with relevant information, and teach colleagues to improve their own information skills. As part of our knowledge specialist team you will have expertise in evidence-based practice and critical appraisal of research.

The post-holder will work with University Hospitals Sussex staff of all grades and professions to promote and support evidence-based decision-making. They will work as a member of selected UHSussex teams to provide highly specific, quality-filtered evidence to both teams and individuals in response to information needs. This will involve working alongside managerial and clinical staff in their place of work, including attending multi-disciplinary meetings, journal clubs and the clinical environment where appropriate.

The post holder will use expert knowledge of online searching to provide comprehensive evidence searches. They will provide evidence updates and other alerting services for staff, and will teach and train groups and individuals in evidence-based information skills, including critical appraisal skills.

They will promote the service, liaise with key members of the teams, evaluate the service, and make recommendations for the future.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

A t UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will increase the use of evidence across the hospital by joining clinical teams and bringing your skills to governance and research meetings, wards, clinics and education events.
  • Patient First is our Trust-wide approach to improving the quality of care for patients and to build and embed a culture where staff can be confident that their views matter and will be heard.
  • The aim is to empower all staff to lead change, raise issues, concerns, identify and implement areas for improvement within the workplace and find solutions collectively as part of a team.
  • Staff will be equipped with skills to identify improvement opportunities and supported to see those through
  • It encourages all staff to be innovative and drive forward quality improvement and positive changes in their areas.

Person Specification



  • Degree or postgraduate qualification in library and information science.


  • Professional registration, e.g. with CILIP
  • Teaching qualification



  • Experience in a health or academic library / information unit
  • Experience of training users to search online information resources, face-to-face and online
  • Specialist-level information searching skills
  • Experience of planning and implementing service development


  • Able to summarise published clinical research using critical appraisal and synthesising techniques.
  • Experience of teaching critical appraisal skills

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of the concepts of clinical governance and evidence-based health care.
  • Excellent written communication skills and report writing.
  • Able to communicate sensitively & persuasively with a range of staff.

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