The development of biomedical research has implied not only a change in how hospitals are organised, but also the creation of new organisational structures that ensure an efficient use of human and financial resources.
To guarantee the development of leading-edge research we must maintain two basic conditions: the individual quality and integrity of the researchers and the quality and integrity of the institutional system behind said research.
The evaluation system of IBSAL contributes to the continuous improvement of the scientific quality and management of the research activities.
IBSAL directs its efforts towards achieving excellence, and therefore guaranteeing the highest quality in its scientific and management activities, based on the institute's Quality and Improvement Plan.
The purpose of IBSAL is to contribute to the quality of research as a consequence of the biomedical teaching and care in Salamanca, and to optimize the use of human and material resources. To do so, it fosters synergies between clinical and basic groups working on the models of existing translational groups:
University Hospitals and Health Centres of Salamanca (CAUSA), Biomedical Sciences departments of the University of Salamanca (USAL), Centre for Cancer Research, Institute of Neuroscience (INCYL) and groups belonging to the Department of Primary Health Care.
The quality policies, plans, excellence models, quality reports, etc. already in use in the different institutions make the foundations on which the IBSAL Quality and Improvement Plan is based.
The Quality Management Unit will be in charge of guaranteeing the quality of IBSAL's activity.
In order to ease the implementation of the Quality Plan and the designed quality management system, a Quality Committee will be created.
Members of the IBSAL Quality Committee
- Dr Ángeles Almeida Parra, Deputy Director of IBSAL.
- Dr Mª Paz Rodríguez Pérez, Quality Coordinator.
- Dr María Dolores Tabernero Redondo, Delegate for Platform Quality.
- Dr Pedro Luis Sánchez Fernández, Head of Cardiology of HUS.
- Dr. Francisco José López Hernández, Innovation Coordinator
- Dª Raquel Carnicero Izquierdo, Secretary
IBSAL, in line with the strategic objective for total quality management, has chosen a process-oriented system. To that effect, it has outlined a process map.
The institute's administrative body, together with the Board of Directors, is in charge of reviewing the process map on a yearly basis, in addition to approving all the improvement actions proposed for it. Nevertheless, the External Scientific Committee must be informed about the degree of compliance of said process map and must issue its evaluation. This review allows for the optimisation of the processes carried out by the institute.
Distribution of the Quality and Improvement Plan
The Quality and Improvement Plan can only be a useful tool for the implementation of the institute's quality policy if there is an appropriate communication policy towards its recipients.The dissemination of the institute's Quality Policy is essential in order to achieve the goals established by the management bodies.