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Library and Knowledge Services Manager

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking to recruit a dynamic leader to lead our library and knowledge service into the future and work as part of our clinical education team and wider Trust stakeholder services. This flexible hybrid role allows you to work 3 days on-site in the library at prospect park hospital, providing visible leadership and support and 1 day flexibly from home. This post also provides a fantastic opportunity for professional development and system working involving ICS and NHSE partnerships.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with Trust-wide key stakeholders (learners, workforce, and clinical/operational/professional leads) and provide highly visible leadership to Trust Library and Knowledge Service (LKS). They will be responsible for the line management, development, modernisation and delivery of the high quality, accessible and technology enhanced LKS. They will ensure all staff and students across the organisation receive support and guidance with their Research, Evidence and Knowledge needs including conducting systematic literature searches, appraising/synthesising/summarising evidence to develop specialist knowledge repositories, make practice improvement decisions and implementation of best practice to improve patient care. Postholder will be required to work 3days in the Prospect Park Hospital library, attend face to face meetings and will be able to work 1 day remotely. The post holder is responsible managing library budget, delivering library strategy, data reporting, r quality assurance and delivery of Plan on a Page and other service improvement and wellbeing action plans.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Experience of managing a team and change management.
  • Senior leadership experience
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Masters degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in library or information studies.

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to email wholl be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • Master's degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in library or information studies
    • Leadership Training


    • Chartered member or Fellow of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
    • Project Management / QMIS Training

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuous professional development

    Previous Experience


    • Evidence of post-qualification management experience in a library setting including demonstration of leadership, change management, team building and service improvement
    • Experience of negotiating and influencing senior managers within and across a range of organisations
    • Evidence of working autonomously


    • Proven experience in delivering successful projects and meeting deadlines
    • Experience of NHS library service management
    • Experience of managing and controlling budgets, resources and funding
    • Experience of negotiating Service Level Agreements and making business cases

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


    • Extensive practical knowledge of electronic information resources and the technologies available to support the discovery, organisation, delivery and dissemination of information
    • Extensive practical knowledge of information retrieval and information skills training, including critical appraisal
    • Sound understanding of the legal context of library and knowledge services
    • Excellent standard of written communication skills/report writing
    • Proven analytical and planning skills
    • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
    • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
    • Innovative and proactive

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Prospect Park Hospital

    Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


    RG30 4EJ

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