A regular forum at Basildon University Hospital where staff from all backgrounds discuss their feelings about work, has won a Point of Care award at the National Schwartz Rounds Conference.
Schwartz Rounds were launched at the trust in July 2014 to allow hospital staff to come together to talk about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients in an increasingly pressured environment.
They have proved very popular with attendances regularly hitting around 100 members of staff, including managerial, clinical, administrative and support service staff. Feedback about the sessions is strongly positive.
Now one of the rounds, entitled ‘Mission Impossible’ has won ‘the most powerful round’ award by the Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity that works to support healthcare staff. The round discussed the impact of short staffing and proved to be very emotive.
Rebecca Myers, one of the facilitators, said: “In times of increasing pressure it’s important to create space to be able to talk about what we do and how it impacts us and our colleagues. Schwartz Rounds are a place that this can happen without judgement. People that attend the rounds say they feel more supported and valued in their work.”
The rounds are led by a team of facilitators: Rebecca Myers, Aroon Lal, Sue Hillman, Montio Morgan and Kirsten Wadsworth and supported by a steering group of clinical and managerial staff. Recent research has shown that regular attendance at Schwartz rounds is beneficial for psychological and emotional well-being of staff*.
The Schwartz Rounds take place at Basildon University Hospital approximately every six weeks and all members of staff are invited to attend.
*Details on research on the effect of rounds can be found at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/blogs/how-can-we-support-healthcare-staff-to-care-well-a-national-evaluation-of-schwartz-center-rounds/7765