Schwartz Rounds

Staff Engagement

Schwartz Rounds are conversations with staff about the emotional impact of their work.  They provide a valuable opportunity for all staff to reflect on the emotional impact of their work through conversations facilitated by a local clinical lead and facilitator.  They are unique in that unlike other supports for staff they do not seek to solve problems or look for outcomes.  Through the sharing of our stories in confidence, Schwartz Rounds provide a framework which have been proven to improve staff wellbeing (reducing psychological distress), reduce hierarchy and improve teamwork and connection which ultimately has an impact on improved person centred care. 

The National Quality Improvement Team is working in collaboration with to establish Schwartz Rounds with up to 30 teams in Ireland (22 sites have already completed training).


Team Time

The unprecedented pressures created by the COVID-19 crisis means that Schwartz Rounds have been paused in the 25 healthcare services currently implementing these sessions in Ireland.

In response to this, the Point of Care Foundation are offering an alternative online approach called ‘Team Time’. Some of the Irish Schwartz Rounds community are collaborating with the Point of Care Foundation to explore the use of Team Time in Ireland. Please click here for more information.


Schwartz Rounds Independent Evaluation

On the 27th May 2019, Paul Reid, CEO, Health Service Executive launched the independent evaluation of Schwartz Rounds as a text of concept in Ireland.  To find out more please click Executive Summary and Full report.


To learn more about Schwartz Rounds and how you can get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us or click on the links below…

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Contact Details

  •  Maureen Flynn, National Quality Improvement Team, QI Connections Lead | 01 635 2344
  •  Denise McArdle, National Quality Improvement Team, Co-ordinator Schwartz Rounds
  •  Noemi Palacios, National Quality Improvement Team, Schwartz Rounds Administrator  | 01 8131808

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The introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland is supported by the National Quality Improvement  Team in collaboration with the Point of Care Foundation.

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