Trainee Clinical Outreach Librarian

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum/pro rata (£12,844.00 - 1st year salary of Annex 21)
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Job summary

Clinical Outreach Librarian - Trainee

Band 5 - Annex 21

22.5 hours per week

We are recruiting for a Trainee Clinical Outreach Librarianwho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards \great people, great place.

You could be making a real difference to the quality of person-centred care on the Isle of Wight through enabling staff and learners access evidence for clinical and managerial decision making whilst studying for a Diploma or Degree in Library and Information.

We are looking to support the development and education of an individual who has excellent interpersonal skills, a customer focused approach that shares our organisational values.

You will assist the Knowledge & Library Services Manager (KLSM) facilitate the use of knowledge and information services for staff and learners across the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to support their work, research, and learning, ensuring all users have access to the right evidence, in the right place, at the right time.

You will have a minimum of a Level 3 (A-Level equivalent) qualification that meets the entry criteria to undertake an appropriate library qualification whilst developing into the role of a Clinical Outreach Librarian.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will assist the KLSM across both Isle of Wight and Portsmouth sites in providing, developing, and promoting library and knowledge services in support of education and research, continuous professional development (CPD) and the practice of evidence-based clinical and managerial decision making.

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Previous health information experience is not essential as all training on specialist resources, systems and software will be given. You will be self-directed, motivated, with a desire to help and support people to learn and develop. You will work primarily within the Library and Learning Resource areas based at St Marys Hospital with some requirements to travel to other locality-based locations on the Island including QA Hospital in Portsmouth.

Course Fees will be provided, and a contribution will be available for travel/accommodation for the residential weeks. Study time will be provided for the residential components of the programme.

Subject to successfully completing the Diploma/Degree/Masters you will be eligible to apply for a post of Clinical Outreach Librarian.

To lead on the provision of the literature searching service, to promote and provide training in literature searching and use of electronic resources to all groups of staff and students.

To lead on provision of individualised current awareness and alerting services to regularly bring clinical and managerial staff the latest published information in their field to their desktops, through testing, developing, and evaluating the necessary tools and providing appropriate user training.

Specific responsibility to focus on proactively seeking out opportunities to engage with staff in their workplaces to motivate and enable them to access the evidence-base at the point of need in support of clinical decision-making, using primary and secondary sources available through the Knowledge and Library Services Hub, clinical and management bibliographic databases (e.g. Medline, HMIC) and specialist websites.

To assist with formalised gathering of user feedback to inform effective decision-making for provision of a portfolio of library and information resources equitable for all staff groups and within the budget available.

To catalogue new resources to local network standards using the Wessex Classification Scheme.

To cover the main library enquiry desk in the absence of the Library Assistant and deputise for the Knowledge & Library Services Manager as necessary.

Person Specification



  • Level 3 Qualification in a relevant subject
  • GCSE's minimum Grade C/4



  • Professionalism and selfdirection and motivation
  • ability to prioritise under pressure
  • Team worker with flexible approach



  • Competent keyboard skills and knowledge of the basic MS Office programmes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Values Based Question


  • In 200 words or less, please describe why you think you would be a good fit for this role.

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