Schwartz Rounds are a type of structured group forum where clinical and non-clinical staff meet regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. Schwartz Rounds provide an opportunity to take 'time-out' to reflect on work in a collegial and safe space. Unlike other initiatives such as group reflective practice or clinical supervision, the purpose is not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care. Schwartz Rounds are inclusive of all staff, as we know it is not just clinical staff who contribute to human centred care (Point of Care Foundation).
What are the benefits of Schwartz Rounds?
Schwartz Rounds can improve staff well-being, compassion and teamwork.
The underlying premise for Schwartz Rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient's experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care staff must, in turn, feel supported in their work. (Point of Care Foundation)
Where can I see an example of Schwartz Rounds in practice?
An example of Schwartz Rounds in practice and staff reflections from Monash Health, Victoria can be found here.
Another example from St Joseph's Hospice, London can be found here.
What evidence exists of the effectiveness of Schwartz Rounds?
Schwartz Rounds have a good evidence base for their effectiveness in improving staff well-being, compassion and teamwork. For further information see the study by Maben et al 2018.
Are Schwartz Rounds being run in Australia?
Yes. Schwartz Rounds are being held at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse NSW, Alfred Health Vic, Monash Health Vic and University of Technology Sydney. Schwartz Rounds have also recently commenced at Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District.
The System Purchasing Branch, NSW Ministry of Health in partnership with the Clinical Excellence Commission has purchased three licenses from the Schwartz Centre for Compassionate Care to be able to hold Schwartz Rounds within three NSW Health Local Health Districts / Networks (LHDs) in 2020-2021.
How can I be involved in the NSW Health Schwartz Rounds project?
An invitation to express interest in participating will be communicated to all Local Health Districts / Networks in September 2020. Please follow up with your local Director of Clinical Governance / Director of Workforce to express your interest. We expect to hold Schwartz Rounds at three hospitals / sites, commencing in November 2020.
Where can I find out more information about the NSW Health Schwartz Rounds project?
For further information about the project please contact Bradley Lloyd, Program Coordinator, Person Centred Care or call via 02 9269 5521.
Where can I find out more information about Schwartz Rounds?
An explanatory video is available here.