Workforce planning and development drivers

The workstream's driver diagram in accessible format

Primary driver

The knowledge and library services workforce has increased capability, confidence and capacity to meet the evolving knowledge and information needs of the healthcare system 

Secondary drivers

  1. NHS bodies optimise the expertise of knowledge and library staff
  2. There is effective national, regional and local leadership, planning and development of the specialist  health knowledge and library workforce
  3. The NHS knowledge and library workforce is diverse and inclusive, skilled, flexible and confident


(links to secondary drivers indicated by numbers in brackets)

  • Advocate for implementation of HEE policies for knowledge and library services to meet the current  and future needs of the NHS (1, 2)
  • Engage with employers to expand and develop the health knowledge and library services specialist workforce including embedded roles (1, 3)
  • Advise on service and role redesign, supporting both employers and knowledge and library services teams (1, 2)
  • Establish the NHS as an employer of choice: developing career pathways and opportunities (1)
  • Deliver and evaluate a national Continuing Professional  Development offer for health knowledge and library staff informed by needs analysis (2, 3)
  • Enable health knowledge and library staff to engage in self-directed learning and development (2, 3)
  • Build a digitally confident knowledge and library services workforce (3) 
  • Enhance the management and leadership capacity and capability of knowledge and library services teams (2, 3)
  • Provide resources and opportunities to build, grow and develop diverse and inclusive knowledge and library services teams. (1, 2, 3)
  • Monitor the profile of the NHS knowledge and library services workforce and  plan to address capacity and capability issues (1, 2, 3)
  • Work with partners to influence the education and training of the current and future knowledge and library services workforce (2, 3)