L’Institut d’Estudis de la Salut (IES) (Institute of Health Studies) is an autonomous organisation endorsed by the Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The IES was founded in 1980, by a decree from the Health and Social Security Department on the 25th February, to develop selected programs of investigation, training, recycling and improvement of the professionals working for the Health Administration.
The posterior regulations (Decree 41/1982, 22nd February, pertaining to the structure of IES; Law 15/1990, 9th July, Health Ordering of Catalunya – that in its seventh chapter defines the purpose and functions of the IES –; and finally, Decree 324/1990, 21st December, regarding the configuration, organization and operation of the IES) fixes the legal framework that allows the IES to develop its activities and expertise under the delegation of the Health Department.
During the 23 years of the IES’s existence, the main activities have been orientated around the training and evaluation of professional expertise, with the collaboration and support of the management, the institute’s own teaching staff and the various contributors who have helped to confer a national and international prestige.
To promote professional leadership and, by a process of continuous development, through the organization of the healthcare professions, the clarification of training policies and the design of the professional expertise and the welfare models, to provide better care for our citizens.
To be a model of the health system as regards professional development through high quality training programmes, the decentralization of activities, forming strategic alliances with universities and the applied use of educational and technological innovations.
Catering to the needs of the professionals
Capacity to construct networks of knowledge
Promotion of interdisciplinary work in the projects under development
Encouraging growth in innovation and creativity
Management of the changes
Areas of Performance
The IES develops its functions in the following areas or performance:
· Encouraging the basic development of the healthcare professions and the adjustment to new actualities and social demands
· Pre-graduate and post-graduate training, as well as continued ongoing training
· Promotion of the TIC in the areas of training and civic participation
· Research into educational innovation, healthcare services and public healthcare
· Contribution to the improvement of application; aiding the efficaciousness and efficiency of the healthcare services through the generation and diffusion of knowledge and values at the core of the health system and society; and also contributing to improvement through the participation in the process of expansion and following-up the various health plans.