Band 4 / 5 Librarian (Development Post)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

Would you like to support excellent evidence-based patient care? We are looking for an enthusiastic Librarian to join our Library and Knowledge Service (LKS) Team at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

You will either be a qualified professional or be willing to work towards a funded MA in Librarianship or Information Science. An ideal post for a paraprofessional looking to qualify as a professional. If you are already a qualified librarian, you will start as a Band 5. If you have not gained a library qualification, you will start as a Band 4, but you would be funded to complete a MA/BA or High level apprenticeship and then gain pay Band 5 on completion.

QE Hospital provides a range of outpatient, inpatient and emergency services to its local community. QE Hospital Library is located within the Education Centre of the Main Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to adopt excellent public relations and marketing skills, to promote UHB Library and Knowledge Service. You will also be confident in literature searching, as well as, delivering information skills training and current awareness services. You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in addition to extensive online and digital skills. Other duties will include answering enquiries, counter duties, cataloguing and classifying and ordering stock. Previous library experience is therefore essential.The new post-holder will have the opportunity to network with other local library colleagues within the Trust as well as the 20 libraries within the BASE patch [covering Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country]. They will also be collaboration with the new Midlands wide HeLM consortium.

Support will also be provided to enable progression with CILIP Chartership.

Interviews will be via Video.

Please contact Stephen Yates, Clinical Liaison Librarian and Library Site Manager on 0121 371 2490 for further information or an informal chat.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * Undergraduate Degree Or 3 A-Levels
  • * GSCES in Maths and English
  • * Library Assistant Qualification or equivalent


  • * Postgraduate Degree in Library and Information Science or willingness to complete a Master's Degree (E)
  • * CILIP Chartered librarian status (D)



  • * An excellent working knowledge of Library Management Systems plus MS office and internet
  • * Expert knowledge relating to enquiry services within a library
  • * Good knowledge of copyright and data protection legislation relating to libraries
  • * Experience in an NHS, academic or special library
  • * Experience of searching specialist databases


  • * Experience of delivering training sessions and/or presentations
  • * Awareness of the principles of critical appraisal in healthcare research
  • * Experience of troubleshooting general library IT problems

Additional Criteria


  • * Competent at searching online sources
  • * Effective communication at all levels of the organisation
  • * Excellent customer care skills
  • * Excellent team worker
  • * Ability to work without direct supervision using own initiative
  • * Ability to organise and prioritise workload to meet deadlines
  • * Flexible and adaptable approach
  • * Excellent level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • * Personal integrity and the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information
  • * The ability to work well under pressure


  • * Advanced evidence searching skills
  • * Staff management
  • * Advanced complex literature searching

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