Schwartz Round is a regular forum held so staff from all job roles can discuss their feelings about their work in a confidential and safe setting.
The forum on Friday 20 July at Basildon University Hospital is called “Runaway patient” and will focus on an incident where staff went to extraordinary lengths to protect their patient.
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 70 members of staff, including managerial, clinical, administrative and support service staff. Feedback about the sessions is strongly positive.
One of the rounds, entitled ‘Mission Impossible’ won ‘the most powerful round’ award by the Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity that works to support healthcare staff in January 2018. The round discussed the impact of short staffing and proved to be very emotive.
The rounds are led by a team of facilitators and supported by a steering group of clinical and managerial staff. The Schwartz Rounds take place at Basildon University Hospital approximately every six weeks and all members of staff are invited to attend.
This is what some of the people who have been involved said about Schwartz Rounds:
“I never knew what the term ‘emotional intelligence’ meant but I think I do now. I thoroughly commend the Schwartz round experience to all who work in health care.” Surgeon
“So far I have not come across a case where I could not have put myself in the person’s shoes or relate this to other scenarios I have faced throughout my nursing career. There is uttermost respect when staff are talking and you feel a sense of security and comfort from those around you”. Nurse
“You are not judged in any way, but totally supported. We deal with a lot of patients with all types of problems and at times you feel that you have not done enough, but are at a loss as to what else you could have done.” Admin
“Although I found it daunting to open my thoughts and feelings up to a broad audience, in some respects it was very cathartic. Very often in medicine I bottle up my feelings in order to be ‘professional’ and so I found the Schwartz round was a unique opportunity to express myself and hear support from others within the organisation.” Consultant
“Schwartz Rounds are very educational and give you an insight into other staff’s working lives and the impacts they face, which we don’t always appreciate when working in so many diverse departments.” Manager