Schwartz Rounds 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 patient centred care.
The Benefits of Schwartz Rounds
In healthcare today, we see increasing complexity in service provision, changing societal dynamics and ongoing work to save costs and improve efficiency. While staff seek to remain passionate about their patients and service users, each day we hear stories of the impact of burnout and disengagement. Colleagues have less opportunities to come together as a team, to pause and reflect and many are forgoing breaks and mealtimes to meet patient needs. However, we know from international evidence that all of these things are essential if staff are to not only remain physically and mentally healthy on a personal level but to also provide safe services for those they meet and to be at their best when they return home to families and friends outside of work. In a time of complex service provision where burnout is a common occurrence, there is an urgent need within healthcare to provide meaningful supports for staff.
Schwartz Rounds can help… please click here for a link to The evidence.
In summary the benefits of Schwartz Rounds include:
- Increased insight into the social and emotional aspects of patient care
- Increased confidence to deal with sensitive and non-clinical issues relating to patients
- 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.
For more information on Schwartz Rounds:
We hope you find the attached summary leaflet and brief introductory presentation helpful:
The Point of Care Foundation has a detailed section on their website with information and resources on making the case on Schwartz Rounds which is available via the following links:
Please contact us if it’s helpful to speak about these or to meet with us.
Juanita Guidera, Quality Improvement Division Lead Staff Engagement | 087 064 23 08
Noemi Palacios, Quality Improvement Division | 01 8131808
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