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 NSW?
Yes. Schwartz Rounds are being held at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse NSW, University of Technology Sydney and recently commenced at Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District.
NSW Health Schwartz Rounds project
The System Purchasing Branch, NSW Ministry of Health in partnership with the Clinical Excellence Commission is undertaking a project to introduce Schwartz Rounds to the NSW Health setting. As part of the project, the NSW Ministry of Health recently purchased five licenses from the Schwartz Centre for Compassionate Care. These licenses were awarded to sites via an expression of interest completed in November 2020.
The five sites include The Children's Hospital at Westmead, John Hunter Hospital, Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service and Mental Health - Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. The licenses enable these sites to test Schwartz Rounds for an initial 12-month period. The aim is to integrate Schwartz Rounds into existing staff well-being programs and contribute to safe and high-quality care by promoting a human-centred culture. The project links to Enabler 2: Culture and staff experience from the recently published Elevating the Human Experience – Our Guide to Action.
Outside of NSW, we are aware that Schwartz Rounds are being held at Alfred Health Vic, Monash Health Vic and the Queensland Children's Hospital.
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.