Senior Information Specialist

  • Job Reference: 00000953-1
  • Date Posted: 4 May 2021
  • Recruiter: Royal College of Surgeons
  • Location: Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Remote Working: Temporarily remote due to COVID-19
  • Salary: £32,000
  • Sector: Health
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Information Specialist

Salary: Band 3b - £32,000

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Library and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields/remote working during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond as required


About us

RCS is the professional body for surgery. Our mission is to build the future of the surgical profession and improve the delivery of surgical care. We do this through education, training, examination, supporting surgical research and providing support and advice for surgeons at all stages of their careers.


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in the delivery and development of the Library’s flagship membership services. This role sits within Library and Archive’s Current Awareness Services team. The team provides email Updates tailored by specialty to help keep our members up-to-date with the latest guidance, policy and clinical research. The team also runs the Literature Search Service that supports evidence-based practice through the provision of literature searches, as well as offering search assistance and guidance.

This is an opportunity to gain excellent experience managing a team, liaising with the surgical membership and with RCS England staff to provide high-quality support and services, and contributing to the development of the service with the support of the CAS Team Manager. The majority of the work is with a remote user base and we are fully committed to supporting flexible remote working both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.



  • Line management of two FTE Information Specialists
  • Day-to-day management of the activities of the team with the support of the CAS Team Manager
  • Development and delivery of high-quality surgical Specialty Updates
  • Liaison with panels of clinical Specialist Advisors to ensure relevant content
  • Provision of high-quality literature search and systematic review support to RCS England members and staff
  • Managing user enquiries effectively
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to promote and raise awareness of the library, and to ensure user needs are being met
  • Represent the College in a professional manner


About you

  • Professionally qualified librarian, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in a library, or equivalent information setting with ability to conduct searches across bibliographic databases
  • Understanding of research methodologies and critical appraisal techniques
  • Leadership skills
  • Quick to learn, forward-thinking, positive in the face of change, and interested in development
  • Collaborative and able to work well as part of a team, while taking responsibility for own workload and deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail


What we can offer you

  • 25 days paid holiday + bank holidays and up to 4 college closure days
  • Flexible working
  • Enhanced contributory pension scheme & other leave entitlements
  • Variety of learning and development opportunities 
  • Wellbeing programme & Employee Assistance Scheme


Interested Candidates:

If you wish to apply or if you have any questions about this position please email your CV together with a cover letter to


Any personal data collected from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us in accordance with our recruitment processes. If unsuccessful in your application, your information will be held by us on our database for a period of 6 months before deletion. If you would like your information removed sooner, please contact

Closing date: 17th May 2021

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are open to all talent and we actively ensure that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age and disability


The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to protecting your privacy. We are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). All College employees are responsible for records held, created and used as part of their work for the College including patient/client, corporate and administrative records. Records are managed according to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and ensure confidentiality. The College ensures that staff are trained to handle the information you submit to us with care and discretion, seeking advice where necessary.


Please note that this advert may close early if we reach the maximum applications