2022 THE FOUNDATION

Institut Guttmann Foundation

Fundació Institut Guttmann

The Fundació Institut Guttmann is a private, non-denominational, non-profit entity, established by Catalan civil society. It is an efficient example of a public-private partnership. It holds registration number 189 in the Register of Private Foundations of the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Department of Justice. Classified as a caring charitable organisation since 1965, it is considered a beneficiary of patronage in accordance with Law 49/2002, of 23 December, “on the tax regime of non-profit entities and tax incentives for patronage”. Since its constitution in 1962, its Articles of Association establish the foundation’s objectives and operation.

“The Institut Guttmann is a non-profit organisation whose main purpose is to promote, implement and achieve the comprehensive rehabilitation of people affected by spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury or other neurological disabilities, to carry out research and teaching in this area of neuroscience, and to give patients the best support and services possible to achieve successful social reintegration, as well as to contribute to the full recognition of their rights and equal opportunities.”


Article 7 of the Fundació Institut Guttmann’s Articles of Association

An Organisation Offering Excellence

As a highly specialised health organisation, its mission is to provide at all times the best specialist neurorehabilitation care and the promotion of brain health, in a comprehensive, continuous, personalised manner and to the highest humanitarian, scientific and technical standards.

An Organisation Offering Expertise

With regard to the institute’s social and healthcare activity, its mission is to promote specialised personal, healthcare and social care services, aimed mainly at people with disabilities of neurological origin and their families. The aim is to provide them with the most appropriate support and services that contribute to enhancing their personal autonomy and improve their quality of life, in accordance with the principles of recognising their functional diversity, independent living and social inclusion.

An Organisation Offering Knowledge

As a University Institute attached to the UAB, its mission is to undertake academic, scientific and research aspects in neuroscience in general and neurorehabilitation and technologies applied to personal autonomy in particular, while transferring the results of its research to society through models of innovation that improve people’s quality of life.

An Organisation with a Commitment to Society

As a social initiative entity, its mission is to contribute to the most effective equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through the promotion and development of prevention, outreach and social awareness activities, as well as working with associations that represent this collective.

Governing and management bodies

The foundation’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest body of government and representation of the foundation. It is responsible for safeguarding, interpreting and developing the foundation’s aims expressed in its Articles of Association.

The makeup of the Board of Trustees is published on the institute’s website.

In 2022, the Board of Trustees decided to promote the generational renewal of the Management and, after 32 years with Dr. Josep M. Ramírez at the head of the organisation, it opted for a new organisational model based on co-direction by Dr. Montserrat Bernabeu and Ms. Montse Caldés, who combine their co-direction with the positions they already held as Care Director and Manager, respectively.

The Institut Guttmann has been the first care organisation in Catalonia to implement an innovative management model based on co-direction by two women.

Management Team

Since April 2022, Dr. Montserrat Bernabeu and Ms. Montse Caldés have been the co-directors of the institute, and by statute are the executive managers, or CEOs, of the foundation.

The co-directors lead the management team made up of professionals responsible for the main areas of the organisation. The management team is responsible for defining and enhancing the organisational culture, driving strategic plans and leading activities that derive from the Board of Trustees’ specific mandate.

Additionally, the institute is structured into different committees and commissions designed to monitor specific topics.

One of the initiatives of the new Management team has been to reformulate the Management Committee, which has been expanded with the participation of a greater number of middle managers to move the approach of the new Management team towards a more open and participative organisational culture.

The makeup of the Board of Trustees is published on the institute’s website

Advisory bodies
Social and Participation Council

The “Social and Participation Council” of the Institut Guttmann is an advisory body attached to the body responsible for the management of the Institut Guttmann.


The Institut Guttmann created the Social and Participation Council in 2004 to reinforce its social commitment to people with neurological disabilities, whilst promoting greater interaction and cooperation with associations who represent them. This initiative favours the participation and collective responsibility of all stakeholders involved in carrying out the foundation’s activities.

The makeup of the Board of Trustees is published on the institute’s website

Institut Guttmann – UAB Joint Committee

This is the planning and monitoring body for the academic and scientific activities of the Guttmann University Institute of Neurorehabilitation. It is formed by three representatives of the Institut Guttmann and three from the University, in order to coordinate the relationship between the two entities.

The makeup of the Committee is published on the institute’s website

Functional organigram