Salary: £29,000 - £31,000 pro rata per annum dependent on experience
Job Type: Permanent
Job ID: 168088
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.
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.
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.
T: 0191 260 4464