Schwartz Rounds

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If you wish to register a team for training in the next Schwartz Rounds cohort (provisional day one training 15th February 2018), please register your site via the following link: Registration

Upcoming events

15th February 2018:  Day one Schwartz Rounds Training

If you wish to register a team for training in the next Schwartz Rounds cohort (provisional day one training 15th February 2018), please register your site via the following link: Registration

20th February 2018:  Inaugural Schwartz Rounds Conference – Fostering Connection and Compassion, Dublin Castle

To register for the upcoming Inaugural Schwartz Rounds Conference please click here.   (Registration is closed now)

An introduction to Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Rounds provide a framework which has been proven to improve staff wellbeing, resilience and teamwork which ultimately has an impact on improved person centred care. The journey commenced in 2015, when the Quality Improvement Division engaged the Point of Care Foundation to licence, train and mentor staff in the Blackrock Hospice and the Galway University Hospital to test the introduction of Schwartz Rounds in an Irish context (over 300 healthcare settings in the US and 100 in the UK have successfully introduced rounds). Over the coming two years QID will work collaboratively with the Point of Care Foundation to establish Schwartz Rounds with up to 30 teams in Ireland. 

Schwartz Rounds are currently being introduced in 10 sites in Ireland - 47 staff members have been trained as clinical leads and facilitators and 8 Schwartz Rounds Administrators have also received training.

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What are Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz rounds were developed by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare in Boston USA. In the US, more than 320 organisations have implemented Rounds while around 100 trusts and hospices are contracted to run Rounds in the UK.

Schwartz Rounds are tightly structured, monthly meetings for multi-professional groups of staff working in health care environments. The Rounds provide an opportunity for staff from all disciplines across a healthcare organisation to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work. The focus is on the human dimension of care. Each round is based on the story of a particular patient or a theme and is briefly presented by 3 or 4 members of staff. This is followed by a facilitated discussion which involves the wider audience and is an opportunity to listen, share and support. Schwartz Rounds provide a framework which helps to improve staff well-being, resilience and support which ultimately has an impact on improved patient centred care. See attached presentation with introduction to Schwartz rounds

Why introduce Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Rounds have been shown to lead to: increased insight into the social and emotional aspects of patient care; increased confidence to deal with sensitive issues; beliefs in the importance of empathy and actual empathy with patients as people; openness to expressing thoughts, questions and feelings; decreased feelings of stress and isolation; improved team work and interdisciplinary communication; specific changes in departmental or organisation wide practices as a result of insights that have arisen from discussions in Rounds.

Initial data from Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Dublin and University Hospital Galway showed that:

“86% of staff said they gained knowledge that will help them care for patients by participating in Schwartz Rounds, which mirrors similar validated evaluations from the UK”. 

Data from more than 5,000 respondents in 2015 showed that 85% of staff feel better able to care for patients after attending Schwartz Rounds.  In 2013, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissioned King’s College London to undertake a major national evaluation of Rounds, which is due to published later this year. Researchers found that the well-being of staff who attended Rounds regularly significantly improved, with the proportion of those with psychological distress halving- down from 25% to 12%.  

What are our staff saying?

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Introducing Schwartz Rounds in Ireland

If your service is interested in introducing Schwartz rounds, and you have available funding, please contact us.  We’ll be happy to speak with you and add your name to the list of attendees for the information day on the 30th November 2017. 


Pictured here are the Schwartz Round Facilitators and Clinical Leads from Blackrock Hospice and Galway University Hospital along with members of their steering group, members of the Quality Improvement Division and Nicki Power, Schwartz Round Mentor.

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Back row:  Dr. Catherine Anne Field, Maureen Flynn, Dr. John Fitzsimons, Siobhan Murphy, Ellen Wiseman, Goda Faherty, Olive Gallagher, Irene Maguire, Libby Kinneen, Jean Kelly, Juanita Guidera, Dr. Sean Dinneen, Geraldine Tracey
Front row:  Ger Kilkelly, Nicki Power, Schwartz Round Mentor, Krystle Davis, Dr. Joan Cunninghan, Dr. Ursula Bates.

Further Information

For more information on Schwartz Rounds, please see the attached leaflet, and brief introductory presentation on the test of concept in Ireland to date.  

Other Useful Resources

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If you have any queries about Schwartz Rounds, please contact:

  • Maureen Flynn, Quality Improvement Division Lead Governance and Staff Engagement for Quality | 01 635 2344
  • Juanita Guidera, Quality Improvement Division Lead Staff Engagement | 087 064 23 08
  • Orla O'Reilly, Quality Improvement Division | 045 882 544  

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