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UK Health Security Agency

Senior Knowledge and Evidence Manager: Local Authority Public Health

Job description

You will be working within the Research Management and Knowledge Division in the Science Group’s Scientific Strategy & Development Directorate. The division consists of two teams providing support to all UKHSA groups: Knowledge & Library Services (KLS) and the Research Support & Governance Office (RSGO). 
Our main function as a division is to co-ordinate knowledge, evidence, research and research-related activities across UKHSA and with external partners and the wider public health research system nationally and internationally. A significant focus is on the development and application of skills, capacity and resources to enhance how UKHSA and public health system partners deal with all sources of public health knowledge and evidence.
The KLS team provides UKHSA with library and knowledge management expertise to support research and development, evidence-based public health, management and business services, with the overall aim of facilitating the translation of knowledge into practice.
The purpose of the role is to manage and develop the KLS knowledge and evidence service delivery to Local Authority Public Health teams, to help meet business needs and support the translation of knowledge into practice. This will include managing a team of Knowledge & Evidence Specialists with specific subject specialist or local responsibilities. The role will include the development of innovative knowledge and evidence support systems, and oversight of work to integrate knowledge and evidence at a local level in support of the wider Public Health system.

Location
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) offers hybrid working – this means that whilst the role will be based in one of our offices, there will be opportunities for an element of working from home. UKHSA have office locations across the UK. This role can be based at one of our UKHSA offices/locations (Leeds, Manchester, Totnes, London, Horsham, Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, Harlow, Liverpool, Fareham, Gloucester, Newcastle and Birmingham) with opportunities for an element of working from home. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process.
The balance between home and workplace working is to be agreed with the line manager, determined primarily by business needs and in line with departmental policy.
*Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas. Relocation expenses are not available.*
Working Pattern – Full Time, , Flexible Working, Hybrid Working

Job description

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Plan, develop and manage UKHSA’s bespoke specialist knowledge and evidence service delivery to Local Authority public health (LAPH) teams ensuring this meets UKHSA’s strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Review and develop knowledge and evidence services over an agreed timeframe to meet the national requirements and standards
  • Develop, implement and monitor an efficient and effective literature search, appraisal and evidence filtering system
  • Lead a programme of health literacy training and support for LAPH staff
  • Lead on information needs analysis and evaluation of UKHSA evidence resources for core public health priority topics and local contribution platforms
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures, standardisation and future development of quality programmes and impact measures
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of UKHSA’s knowledge management strategy and KLS consultancy services
  • Ensure that Knowledge & Evidence Services use all appropriate channels, including digital, print and other marketing techniques to provide a pro-active and user-focused service
  • Manage a team of specialist information scientists
  • Contribute to frontline service delivery as required
    The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.
    For the full list of responsibilities and duties, please see the attached job description.
    Person specification
    It is important through your application and Statement of Suitability of 1250 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:
    Essential 
  • A postgraduate qualification in a KIM related discipline such as knowledge management, records management, library and information studies, information rights, information science or information management, including those which have been accredited by CILIP or ARA
  • Demonstrable relevant experience in an NHS, academic or research library in a knowledge management or evidence specialist role
  • Experience in providing user education in knowledge management, information literacy and evidence-based practice
  • Experience of using health care or scientific resources, including excellent information retrieval skills, using a variety of platforms
  • Ability to plan & write business cases
  • Skills in project management such as planning, co-ordination & organisation
  • Experience in financial and procurement decision making and management
  • Experience of managing teams on multiple sites, and of matrix management
  • User focused approach to service delivery
  • Ability to travel to other UKHSA sites
     Desirable 
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • Experience of implementing organisational change
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