Professional Career

Professional Promotion System

The Hospital Clínic launched a Professional Promotion System (SSP) for the medical staff in 1996. This SPP, the first developed in a hospital in Spain, has differentiated the professional promotion paths from those of hierarchical promotion. The first grants categories and the second grants command positions.

Professional promotion is understood as the assumption of a new professional category without changes occurring in the contents of the job. This promotion obeys an objective assessment of the professional merits, pre-established for each of the categories contemplated in the system, and establishes differentiated salaries.

In ascending order, the existing categories are as follows:

  • Specialist
  • Senior Specialist
  • Consultant-1
  • Consultant-2
  • Senior Consultant

The Specialist category corresponds to entry into the SPP. From this moment on, doctors can opt for promotion when they complete a minimum stay of 5 years in this category.

In the case of specialists who opt for the Senior Specialist category, the period they have worked as such is acknowledged in any public hospital in the Spanish healthcare network. When promotion is achieved, one must remain in the new category for another 5 years before being eligible for the next promotion, and so on. In all cases, the candidate can only apply for the category immediately above his own. Categories that have been acknowledged are not reviewable or reversible.

There is a differentiated objective merit assessment scale for each of the categories included in the SPP and which professionals must meet in order to access it. This scale, drawn up by the Promotion Committee, is known to the center's professionals and the level of demand increases as the category chosen increases.

The evaluation system includes 35 parameters, grouped into 6 main sections: care merits, research merits, teaching merits, continuing education merits, participatory merits and personal skills merits.

Hierarchical promotion

Hierarchical promotion is understood as the assumption of a simple position or position of command that involves new content (of management) in the workplace and entails the perception of a specific remuneration.

Currently the command posts of the Hospital Clínic are the following:

  • Director of Institute/Centre/Area
  • Head of Service
  • Head of Section
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Head of Unit
  • Clinical Program Coordinator
  • Working Group Coordinator
  • Care Organization Coordinator

The minimum requirements for access to command positions are as follows:

  • Minimum professional category of Consultant-1 (or being in possession of the equivalent merits) to qualify for the positions of Head of Section, Head of Operations, Head of Unit, Clinical Program Coordinator and Work Group Coordinator.
  • Minimum professional category of Consultant-2 (or being in possession of the equivalent merits) to qualify for the positions of Head of Service and Director of Institute/Center/Area.

The appointment is for 4 years, after which the command can be renewed or withdrawn depending on the results achieved. When a doctor leaves the position of command, he keeps his professional category and continues to develop the content specific to his job.

Emili Letang End of Residence Awards and Josep Font Research Grants

For more than 30 years, the Hospital Clínic has been calling for the Emili Letang End of Residency Awards and Josep Font Research Grants (one of them in collaboration with the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation) in order to encourage the initiation for the search for residents who complete this training at the Hospital. The End of Residence Awards consist of a one-year scholarship, while the Grants cover the researcher's salary for 3 years. In addition, both modalities include an endowment to cover the costs of carrying out the research project.

All residents who complete their training as specialists during the year of the call can apply for these Awards and Grants. For its evaluation, the candidate's curriculum vitae is taken into account, as well as the research project presented.

Paid stay for extension of studies (sabbatical leaves)

Similarly, for many years, the Hospital's doctors with indefinite employment contracts can enjoy a stay of up to 12 months to expand their knowledge in Spanish or foreign health or research institutions. This measure aims to stimulate the continuous training of professionals, a key aspect for the maintenance and scientific-technological development of the Hospital.