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Schwartz Rounds

We want Sheffield Children’s to be a Brilliant Place to Work. It’s in our Caring Together Strategy and our People Plan. 

One method of communications that we use to support colleagues and help us become a brilliant place to work is through Schwartz Rounds.

What are Schwartz Rounds?

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all colleagues, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. At the moment it is taking place virtually to keep everyone safe, but we hope in the future to hold the Rounds at different venues across the Trust.

The underlying premise for Rounds is that the compassion shown by colleagues can make all the difference to a patient’s experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care, colleagues must, in turn, feel supported in their work.

The Schwartz Rounds programme is provided in cooperation with The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and with the support of The Point of Care Foundation. 

What is the purpose of Schwartz Rounds?

Rounds help colleagues feel more supported in their jobs, allowing them the time and space to reflect on their roles. Evidence shows that colleagues who attend Rounds feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles. They also help to reduce hierarchies between colleagues and to focus attention on relational aspects of care.

The purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that we all face personally in working in healthcare, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care.

If you work at Sheffield Children’s and would like to join a future Round, take a look at our staff intranet for more details about upcoming sessions by searching for ‘Schwartz Rounds’.  

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