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Schwartz Rounds

Understanding the challenges and rewards that come with providing healthcare

Schwartz Rounds are conversations with staff about the emotional impact of their work. They provide a valuable opportunity for all staff to reflect on 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 stories in confidence, Schwartz Rounds provide a framework which has been proven to support staff well being (reducing psychological distress), reduce role hierarchy, improve teamwork and connection which ultimately has an impact on improved person-centred care.

The National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate is working in collaboration with the Point of Care Foundation to establish Schwartz Rounds with organisations across Ireland.

Team Time

The Point of Care Foundation offered Team Time as an alternative online approach during Covid. It is advised that services have experience of facilitating Schwartz Rounds before starting to run Team Time sessions.

Report of the Evaluation of the Introduction of Schwartz Rounds

On the 27th May 2019, Paul Reid, HSE CEO launched the Report of the Evaluation of the Introduction of Schwartz Rounds as a test of concept in Ireland.

The evaluation concludes that the philosophy of Schwartz Rounds is consistent with the HSE's strategic drive for quality and safe health care. We are using the report and its 20 key learning points to inform how Schwartz Rounds are further rolled out and sustained across Ireland.

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

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The introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland is supported by the National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate in collaboration with the Point of Care Foundation.