First NHS Library Services Apprentice at NBT

Monday, 16 December 2019

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is delighted to welcome Shakira Rawlins as the first Library, Information and Archive Service Apprentice in the NHS!

Shakira is one of 400 other apprentices at NBT were we offer apprenticeships in both clinical and non-clinical areas.

At NBT we are the first Trust in the NHS to offer such an exciting role, the Library, Information and Archive Service Apprentice will help library users find the information and resources they need in order to resolve their specific query.

John Loy who is the Library & Knowledge Services Manager at the North Bristol NHS Trust said:
“It is recognised nationally that the library workforce is an ageing one, and so bringing people into the profession at the beginning of their career is an exciting place to be. We are delighted to welcome Shakira to North Bristol NHS Trust as the very first library, information & archive apprentice in the NHS; I must say we hadn’t realised we were such trailblazers. I know there is a lot of interest among colleagues to be recruiting into NHS libraries using the standard, so I’m sure Shakira will be the first of many.”

Shakira Rawlins on starting her new journey:
“Working in a library has always been a dream of mine, and this was the perfect opportunity to gain professional experience alongside educational attainment. Having an apprenticeship within the NHS Library Service allows me to make a positive contribution to the development of staff here at Southmead Hospital and the NHS as a whole.”

At NBT we are an award winning centre for providing health care and business administration apprenticeships. We offer nationally recognised qualifications for new and existing staff to gain the knowledge, skills and competence for their role, whilst also gaining wider, transferable employability skills.

The Practice Development Team have achieved numerous accreditations and awards, including:
• A City & Guilds Approved Centre
• The National Skill Academy ‘Lead Employer Partner’
• Matrix Quality Standard for Information, Advice and Guidance Services

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