Engagement and Development Librarian

  • Job Reference: 318-23-R10832
  • Date Posted: 24 January 2023
  • Recruiter: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Location: Trustwide (Cheltenham General/Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and homeworking)
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £33,706 to £40,588
  • Sector: Health
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Engagement and Development Librarian, Band 6

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 06 February 2023


Job summary

This role is all about improvement and development of our Library & Knowledge Service. We already have a fantastic service with an amazing team, but we always want to do better and we are looking for an outgoing, friendly, experienced, qualified librarian who gets a buzz out of taking on challenges which ultimately lead to success.

You will need to be the type of person who enjoys meeting and working with new people, is approachable, friendly and is able to see opportunities and is willing to grasp them.

If you want to feel proud to work for an NHS Library & Knowledge Service and belong to a team that is valued for the work they do, then we could be the team for you.

Main duties of the job

One of the key elements of this role is forging new relationships and engaging with staff to discover their knowledge needs and either creating or tailoring services to meet those needs, so you will either already be confident with this type of work or be willing and able to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Working with the Library Management Team you will influence the strategic direction of the evidence and knowledge mobilisation services, taking the lead on the implementing improvements with the whole team, so you will need self motivation and enjoy team working.

You will also deliver core evidence services such as complex literature searching, training and knowledge mobilisation activities.

About us

We are a hard working and high performing team; we enjoy constantly improving our service and celebrating our successes. Professional development is therefore essential and everyone is expected to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date, there will be plenty of development opportunities.

The whole team works flexibly at both Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General, plus some home working, so no two days are the same.

Despite the hard work, we do have a lot of fun and genuinely enjoy working together. We are proud that we are known throughout our Trust as being a kind, approachable and non judgmental team.


Job responsibilities


The Engagement and Development Librarian is a new role which is instrumental to the improvement and expansion of the knowledge mobilisation and evidence services we currently provide, as well as developing new tailored services for our staff to enable their work and support their educational needs.

Job purpose

To proactively and independently engage and connect with Trust staff at all levels, initiating new relationships, expanding our current services, discovering staff information and knowledge requirements and either tailoring or co-designing new services to meet these needs; plus evaluating services to ensure they are impactful and valued

To work with the manager and deputy manager regarding the strategic direction of the evidence and knowledge mobilisation services and taking the lead on implementing improvements that will involve the whole team. Also to provide core evidence services to enable the work of our Trust and contribute to the LKS knowledge base

Key Result Areas

  • Proactively develop new relationships with Trust staff to understand their knowledge needs
  • Enhance our current service offer and implement new tailored knowledge services, working with the whole LKS team to ensure successful delivery.
  • Actively align/embed LKS services within clinical and non-clinical teams.
  • Lead LKS development projects.
  • Lead, develop and manage the Literature Search Service delivered by the team, including impact collection and evaluation/audit to ensure consistency of the quality of the service.
  • Work with the Library Management Team regarding the strategic direction of knowledge/evidence services in our Trust.
  • Undertake complex summarised literature searches.
  • Share knowledge, informally and formally, within our profession and wider healthcare teams.
  • Provide support to the general running of the library services as appropriate, including enquiry desk, training and delivery of inductions when required.
  • Communications and working relationships
  • Proactively engage and take the initiative to develop relationships with key stakeholders and library users.
  • Report to the Library & Knowledge Services Manager.
  • Library & Knowledge Services colleagues including delegation of work to appropriate staff.
  • Other external higher education, local healthcare provider and Library & Knowledge professionals as required.

Education and Training

  • Opportunity to develop new practical skills and knowledge on the job.
  • CPD as appropriate and relevant to the role and career progression, as agreed with the Library & Knowledge Services Manager.
  • Undertake a yearly appraisal.

Working Conditions

  • Working at all locations as required in our Trust including Cheltenham General Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and home working.
  • Working with computers for long periods of time.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks requiring considerable intellectual ability, frequent prolonged concentration and tight deadlines.
  • Unpredictable workloads.
  • Indirect exposure to distressing information through print and electronic resources.


Person Specification



  • First degree or postgraduate qualification in Librarianship / Information Science


  • CILIP Chartership



  • Has successfully undertaken outreach / engagement work
  • Has successfully implemented new LKS services or made improvements to services
  • Provision of summarised/synthesised complex evidence searches using NHS/healthcare information and evidence resources


  • Has previously worked in an NHS Library & Knowledge Service or in another health related library service.
  • Has experience of teaching/training on conducting literature reviews

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Able to initiate and nurture positive working relationships with colleagues at all levels and from a variety of professions
  • Publicity, promotion and marketing
  • Excellent, presentational, communication and interpersonal skills

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