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Location: Newcastle

Salary: £29,000 - £31,000 pro rata per annum dependent on experience

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 168088

Information Specialist

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Information Specialist to join our client’s team in Newcastle.

Our client provides cost-effective healthcare appraisal toolkits and medical best practice solutions to GPs, Hospital Doctors and Nurses, with the aim to improve clinical standards and patient safety.

This is a part-time role working 3 days a week, The ideal candidate will have knowledge of medical terminology for varied topics and conditions and a good understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine, and different methodological study designs used in health research.

Main purpose of the role

As an Information Specialist, you will be responsible for providing high-quality information for the development and maintenance of the clinical content for Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) and Prodigy.

Key responsibilities

  • To liaise with CKS/PRODIGY authors to determine the scope of the topic, search requirements, key terminology, and exclusions.  

  • To conduct comprehensive searches of a variety of sources including evidence repositories (e.g. NICE Evidence, TRIP), bibliographic databases (e.g. MEDLINE), UK and international guideline providers (e.g. NICE, SIGN, Royal Colleges), sources of high-quality systematic reviews (e.g. the Cochrane Library) to identify the best available evidence to underpin CKS/PRODIGY topics using a pre-defined literature search protocol.  

  • To download and manage all references identified from literature searches in EndNote, and also support author referencing within an in-house content management system. 

  • To select and appraise the best available evidence for each topic, delivering summaries of the evidence to PRODIGY authors in a variety of formats.   

  • To document search strategies and processes internally on SharePoint/OneDrive and externally on the CKS/PRODIGY website to ensure transparency and reproducibility.  

  • To identify full-text evidence from freely available sources and resources available to NHS staff.  

  • To conduct checks of bibliographic citation information before release, as well as ongoing reference checks to ensure citation details are current and accurate.   

  • To work with in-house developers at Clarity to suggest improvements to referencing and workflow processes.  

About you:

  • A degree or postgraduate qualification in Library/information science (or significant equivalent relevant experience working in an academic, health or special library setting) or significant equivalent relevant experience working in an academic, health or special library setting). 

  • Experience developing complex search strategies (e.g. using the PICO framework) and conducting comprehensive searches of bibliographic databases (such as MEDLINE, Embase) using a controlled vocabulary (e.g. MeSH), a variety of free-text terms, as well as validated filters for identifying varied methodological study designs.

  • Ability to select and appraise the best available evidence from a set of results. 

  • Ability to create and manage libraries of references (e.g. in EndNote or a similar citation manager) and present tailored summaries of research evidence in a variety of formats. 

  • Confidence in the use of SharePoint/OneDrive, Microsoft Office applications, and the willingness to learn new tools or software applications. 

To discuss, please contact Halah Al-Sagheer at NRG.

E: HalahAl-Sagheer@nrgplc.com

T: 0191 260 4464