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Clinical Librarian

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is a cross-site post supporting the information needs of identified Clinical Management Groups (CMGs) and playing a vital role in providing a professional information service directly to the medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health and other staff of the Trust.

Clinical Librarianship is a proactive approach to supporting the use of evidence-based medicine in the clinical setting. By providing highly specific, quality filtered, patient centred information to clinicians, the Clinical Librarian is an integral part of the decision-making process.

The Clinical Librarian undertakes complex enquiry work to answer clinical and research queries from UHL Trust staff using specialist knowledge resources.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:-
  • Use considerable initiative to develop the clinical librarian role in the Trust.
  • Use excellent public relations skills to promote the role in a clinical, multidisciplinary setting.
  • Undertake complex clinical and research queries on behalf of Trust staff.
  • Deliver training in information and research skills.
  • Provide tailored current awareness services.
  • Assist in maintaining and developing service wide systems, facilities and services.

The post holder will be expected to show initiative and good organisational and customer care skills and work with minimum supervision over long periods of time, including cross site project work.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:high-quality care for all,being a great place to work,partnerships for impact, andresearch and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all: we are compassionate, we are proud, we are inclusive, and we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Service Delivery & Development
  • The post holder will work as a member of selected multi-disciplinary trust-wide clinical teams to provide highly specific, patient centred, evaluated information at the time and place of need. This will involve attending ward rounds, audit meetings, clinics and other multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Use an expert knowledge of searching online databases to perform mediated literature searches.
  • Deliver training in information skills on a one-to-one or group basis.
  • Provide the evidence for local guidelines and other evidence-based projects.
  • Use critical appraisal skills to select and evaluate relevant information, and prepare evidence summaries or digests.
  • Promote the development of critical appraisal skills in the Trust by supporting local journal clubs.
  • Examine how the information provided is disseminated within departments and how the clinical team act upon the information.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, seminars, and read widely to horizon scan and maintain knowledge of changing trends, technologies and developments in consumer health information, implementing staffing and procedure improvements as appropriate.
  • Undertake regular audit of the service to review current working practices and the effectiveness of the service and to implement changes where appropriate.
  • Monitor and contribute to local, regional and national health information developments.

Information Technology
  • Work with IM& T to use current technology to provide the evidence base in the clinical setting and make recommendations on developments in this area.
  • Work with the Trusts IM& T department on the feasibility of integrating knowledge resources and information for patients with the electronic patient record using mobile technologies.
  • Assist in the joint development of a database of information requests and responses.
  • Contribute to national developments in the use of IT to disseminate search results.

Planning & Organisation
  • Promote evidence-based practice in the Trust.
  • Contribute to the library services training programmes in the use of electronic databases, critical appraisal and evidence-based practice skills.
  • In conjunction with clinicians proactively develop the role in a clinical, multi-disciplinary setting. Make recommendations on the future direction of the role.
  • Work in close contact with colleagues involved in Clinical Librarianship, Clinical Governance, Clinical Effectiveness, Risk Management, Audit, and Information Services within the Trust and Clinical Librarians working in other Trusts.
  • Prepare and deliver progress reports to feed into the Department of Clinical Education Annual Report.
  • Make presentation on the service at local, regional and national meetings.
  • Organise and co-ordinate conferences and study days, both nationally and locally, to promote the clinical librarian concept and share ideas with colleagues.
  • Contribute to the development of national initiatives to promote the role of Clinical Librarians in NHS hospitals.
  • Take part in internal and external research projects related to the concept of Clinical Librarianship and the impact of information on patient care.

Customer Services

The post holder will, in conjunction with the other members of the library management team,
  • Contribute to the maintenanceof an effective and efficient service to customers.
  • Provide a unified service.
  • Seek to develop services in their areas of responsibility best fitted to user needs, taking into account Trust, local, regional national developments.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree or equivalent in Library Studies, Information Sciences or related subject


  • Postgraduate degree in Library Studies, Information Sciences or related subject
  • Accredited member of a relevant professional body e.g., the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals or similar



  • Minimum of 2 years' experience working in a library or information environment.
  • Experience working as part of a successful team, with demonstrable skills as a team player



  • Good critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to understand and absorb information and resolve problems
  • Good customer care skills and a service orientation.
  • Able to support and answer complex enquiries: searching and retrieval of information via electronic and printed sources.


  • A sound knowledge of health information resources

Personal Capabilities


  • Ability to work on own initiative/unsupervised
  • Ability to work to tight schedules
  • Good organisational skills and a methodical approach to work

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.
  • All staff are expected to engage in compassionate and inclusive leadership in the provision of high quality care and interactions with others



  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to service development
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced personal and professional growth
  • Flexibility and ability to manage change
  • Able to travel between sites

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary



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