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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/04/2021.

Knowledge and Library Services Manager

Job Reference: 415-Z21-171

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
Workforce Development
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata

Are you ready to apply your library management skills to supporting NHS staff in North Devon?We are looking for someone with innovative ideas and library experience to lead our Knowledge and Library team in continuing our journey to ensure services are relevant, high standard and fit for the future.

Are you enthusiastic and committed to managing this challenging and exciting full time role?We need someone who is able to think strategically, with practical and managerial skills to balance the many priorities of this busy role. It will involve communicating with staff at all levels so that our teams across North Devon can access evidence based, up to date information, to continuously improve our services to patients.

Are you eager to increase the uptake of services and the profile of the service?The post holder will be responsible for encouraging use of Knowledge and Library services and sharing the impact and importance of the wide ranging services we provide as well as supporting our dedicated and experienced team.

We are looking for an innovative, dynamic and forward thinking Knowledge and Library Services Manager to lead the knowledge and library service and team. The successful candidate will be a Chartered Librarian or have equivalent qualifications or considerable library and management experience.

The Knowledge and Library Services Manager will be responsible for the strategic development of a multi-disciplinary Knowledge and Library service for all staff, students and associated employees of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and associated organisations and users from local health providers. You will ensure that the service is fit for the future, supporting the transformation of the service in line with national direction, and is quality assured to the highest standards. You will support knowledge management, evidence based practice and research throughout the Trust contributing to the clinical governance framework and to learning and development.

You will develop knowledge and library services through the provision of relevant, current and cost-effective resources. You will provide services as close as possible to the point of need, to support the needs of all staff including clinical and managerial decision making, education and research, life-long learning, professional development and the practice of evidence-based patient care. You will establish best practice, breadth and parity of cost-effective service by close co-operation with other NHS libraries within the regional networks and negotiation with other sectors in North Devon.

You will, in co-operation with colleagues in the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, manage the knowledge and library service aspects of the planned merger of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust due to take effect on 01/02/2022 both in the lead up to the merger and after the merger has taken place. You will work towards a seamless change and joint provision of library resources and services across the new Trust as and when appropriate.

Excellent leadership, management and communication skills are needed. We are seeking someone who is self-motivated, energetic and effective with a passion for providing excellent knowledge and library services in an NHS setting. You will be willing to lead new initiatives with enthusiasm seeking to improve and expand services in consultation with service users, potential users and the knowledge and library team.

Please read the Job Description & Person Specification carefully before submitting your applications to ensure you reflect the requirements of the role.

This is a full time post working 37.5 hours per week.

Pay award due wef 1st April 2021, Implementation pending NHS Employers publication.

(This post is subject to formal matching. The Band is confirmed but there may need to be some revision to the JD required in the future.)

Closing Date: 19th April 2021

This post is being offered as Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust continue to develop our long standing partnership with a view to becoming a single integrated organisation across Eastern and Northern Devon. Working together gives us the opportunity to offer unique and varied careers across our services combining the RD&E’s track record of excellence in research, teaching and links to the university with NDHT’s innovation and adaptability.

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Pay award due with effect from Thursday 1st April 2021, implementation pending NHS Employers publication.

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