SEQC Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine

Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine

New Strategic Plan of the Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine

In its new Strategic Plan (2018-2020) the SEQCML proposes technological innovation and quality in the laboratory as keys to improving clinical decisions

  • The SEQCML Strategic Plan 2018-2020 seeks to improve the visibility of Laboratory Medicine
  • The Society will enhance the scientific quality of its publications, with the goal of having its Journal indexed
  • Free membership fees for new members will be introduced during their period of medical residency to encourage generational change

The Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQCML) has prepared a new Strategic Plan for the next three years with which it seeks to give visibility to Laboratory Medicine and place it at the centre of clinical activity. To this end, SEQCML is committed to quality in scientific production and technological innovation to strengthen the advisory role of laboratory professionals and contribute to improving clinical decisions.

"70% of clinical decisions are based on diagnostic tests", says Dr. Imma Caballé, president of the SEQCML, who argues that "it is time to recognize the value" of those who are behind these tests. "We are knowledge managers and expert clinical consultants and we must assume a position of shared leadership", maintains the president.

The Strategic Plan 2018-2020 of the SEQCML proposes a series of measures, divided into several strategic areas, among which the following stand out: promoting the value of the clinical laboratory for more efficient management of the National Health System (NHS), promoting excellence in scientific-technical activities, improving the perception by its members of Society activities, making the SEQCML visible in society in general, and promoting generational change.

Quality and Innovation
To strengthen the value of Laboratory Medicine, the Strategic Plan focuses on quality and innovation. "The best way to improve our scientific standards is to open ourselves to the clinical aspects of the specialty, participating in congresses of other specialties, and collaborating with international societies for Laboratory Medicine, such as The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), The European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ELFM) and The International Council for Standardization in Haematology (ICSH), explains Dr. Caballé. In this sense, one aim is to strengthen the Clinical Laboratory Journal´s role in dissemination, as it includes original articles as well as reviews and clinical guides produced by the Society. The goal of this initiative is for the journal to be indexed; that is, included in the Integrated Classification of Scientific Journals.

Another axis of the new Strategic Plan is to reinforce the prominence of its members. In the words of Dr. Francisco Antonio Bernabeu, vice president of the SEQCML, the aim is to "open up new options for improving their scientific-technical training" and also the perception that this would have of the excellence of the Society's activities. Direct communication with members will also be strengthened, with publications every two weeks on the website and a biennial survey.

In addition, as an innovative element, the Strategic Plan emphasizes the importance of giving the SEQCML visibility in society in general. To this end, a series of actions are proposed that will begin with an update of the Society's website and greater participation in social networks. In addition, the SEQCML will be provided with "unambiguous signs of identity" via a series of documents, such as a Style Manual, Partner's Manual, and training guides.

In this line, Dr. Bernabeu highlights the importance of "making the SEQCML known", promoting its participation both with institutional bodies - the Ministry of Health and Education, FACME, FENIN, etc. - and with other medical societies. At the international level, in addition to contacts with the IFCC, ELFM and ICSH, "we will strengthen contacts already initiated with Latin American societies and professionals", advances Dr. Bernabeu.

Finally, the Strategic Plan focuses on the idea of generational change, for which it also foresees a series of initiatives. "This Plan is the spearhead of an innovative impulse coming from the Society itself and must be supported by generational change", explains the vice president. Therefore - in addition to all the benefits that members have, such as scholarships, advice, or job postings - the Plan will introduce free membership fees during the member´s training period.

"The SEQCML will use this free access as a means to encourage the training of residents. We must ensure that there is a balance between the know-how provided by senior members and the freshness provided by the new additions to the Society. Everything that favours these new additions will be welcome," he concludes.