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Knowledge and Evidence Specialist (KES)

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Knowledge and Evidence Specialist (KES)

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Knowledge & information management

  • Job ref:

    DR - 25893

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £35,332 per year

  • Contact:


  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    020 7378 5459

  • Posted:


  • Duration:

    5 Months

  • Startdate:


Knowledge and Evidence Specialist

Manchester, Yorkshire or Newcastle


37.5 hours a week

Contract until March 2020

About the company

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organisation whose interest and focus lies in the nations’ health and the provision of respective services throughout the UK. They are seeking to employ a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist to provide Library and Knowledge expertise to support research and development

What you will be doing

The role will include the assessment of local user requirements; advanced literature searching and filtering, enquiry services and resource discovery. A key aspect of the role will be to develop the evidence retrieval and appraisal capacity and capability of the local public health workforce both within the organisation and in the wider local public health system, working with the local contribution lead, and local networks. You will also support the development of knowledge management solutions, and maintenance of the knowledge arm of the local Knowledge & Information network within the relevant Knowledge Information Service area. You will collaborate with other colleagues in the development and delivery of organisational wide services and user training programmes. 


•     To manage the knowledge and evidence service provided to the North of England including in line with overall Knowledge Library Service policies and procedures

•     To contribute to the strategic plans and development of Knowledge & Library Services, reporting to the Senior Knowledge & Evidence Manager

•     To contribute to the development and management of Knowledge Library Service collection development strategies, including ensuring access to specialist resources for health intelligence (including digital outputs); including making recommendations for procuring resources to meet requirements

•     To develop and manage the knowledge arm of the local Knowledge and Information network within the area

Subject specialist services

 •    To provide specialist information science subject expertise for health care, public health, health improvement and health protection, along with support for local priority programmes and topics

 •    Provide a dedicated enquiry and literature searching service to the North of England teams

 •    To provide an evidence support service to local users, in line with the Knowledge Library Services central service, in particular, providing advanced response to library and evidence enquiries, contributing to search and enquiry triage systems where necessary

 •    Provide knowledge management support and consultancy to enhance the capacity to capture and harvest the knowledge from experience, including knowledge audits and harvesting; peer-assist; after-action reviews; and communities of practice

 •    Support the local dissemination and tailoring of National updates and current awareness bulletins; including keeping up to date with relevant information sources and resources

•     Provide a document supply service to the local teams via digital library service

•     Provide local support for bibliographic reference management to improve evidence and information management, including training where appropriate

•     Support the maintenance of local contribution web presence where appropriate and ensure evidence-based content is up to date, liaising with the Digital team to ensure consistency with Government Digital Services guidelines

•     Contribute to the design, implementation and management of selected dissemination of Information services, with specific responsibility for localised alerts and current awareness in the area

•     Contribute to the development of health and information literacy training programmes, and lead the delivery of the programme in the local area

•     To contribute to the development of induction and training programmes on Knowledge Library Service systems and information literacy skills for staff, with responsibility for implementation in the local area

•     Undertake local user needs analysis and with other Knowledge Library Service colleagues monitor service usage and performance to inform service delivery

•     Build relationships and liaise with other local health library services to establish reciprocal provision and share ideas on service improvement

•     Evaluate new information sources in specific topic areas of relevance, negotiating access where appropriate, and promoting them to ensure their efficient exploitation, including the development of marketing and promotional activities


 •    Contribute to the development of information retrieval and other professional activity procedures and standards, including training activities and working groups

 •    To contribute to the continual review of the Knowledge Library Service, undertaking user surveys and audits as necessary, and action planning from the feedback received 

 •    Responsible for planning and re-design of Knowledge Library Services for the North of

England as required in the light of changing user requirements and resources 

 •    Provide knowledge management consultancy support for local teams, contributing to the development of consistent approaches across the wider organisation

•     To liaise with the Systems Librarian to ensure access to electronic resources, and to resolve local access authentication management and issues arising

 •    To ensure that Library activities in the North of England area conform with the principles of

Data Protection and Copyright Legislation

Who you will be

  • A postgraduate qualification in a KIM related discipline such as Knowledge Management, Records Management, Information Science, Information Management or Library and Information Studies
  • Chartered Member of CILIP (Beneficial)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of health care resources (beneficial)
  • Experience of LMS systems
  • Experience of providing user education in information literacy and evidence-based practice
  • Experience of implementing Knowledge Management solutions
  • Experience of working across multiple sites
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritise workloads
  • Skills in Project Management such as planning, coordinating and organisation
  • Willingness to travel to other organisation locations and sites

Why you should apply

You will be someone that is approachable, organised, methodical and pragmatic who can support the organisation achieve their ambitions

To apply for this role please email your CV to  or call 0207 378 5459