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For Information: PKSB for Health

What is it?
The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base for Health outlines the broad range of knowledge and skills required by librarians and knowledge specialists working in health. It enriches the original Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) PKSB by adding examples from a health setting throughout.


Who is it for?

  • All library and knowledge staff working in a health setting

  • Employers

  • Prospective health library and knowledge staff

How can it help you?

  • As a self-assessment tool it can help you to plan your personal development and be used as part of the process of gaining professional registration and revalidation by CILIP

  • It can be used to demonstrate your unique skill set to employers and enhance their understanding of the competencies required by library and knowledge staff

  • It can be used to inform role and service redesign, staff training and be used to support staff recruitment and retention

  • It can be used by managers as part of the appraisal and talent management process

  • It will be used to support workforce planning and development at local, regional and national level.

Download the full PKSB for Health (You need to enter your password for the Library Services website). CILIP members may access the PKSB for Health via the CILIP website. If you have any queries please contact your HEE LKS Lead.


Practical suggestions to get you started:

  • Read the full PKSB for Health

  • Use the self assessment ratings to score your level of knowledge and skills

  • Identify any areas that you want to develop and think about how you might do that – the Learning Zone  may help here

  • Share the PKSB for Health with your employer or line manager and colleagues.  

  • Consider using it with your line manager as a way of jointly identifying areas which you want to develop

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  Updated 7 July 2016