What are Schwartz Rounds?

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of their work. Developed to support clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers, the purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to providing care. Rounds are not designed to solve problems or to focus on technical aspects of a case or system, but to provide a means for people working within the system to share their experiences, reflect and feel empathy with their colleagues.

Within healthcare, Rounds can help staff feel more supported in their jobs, allowing them the time and space to reflect on their roles. Evidence shows that staff who attend Rounds feel less stressed and isolated, with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles. They also help to reduce hierarchies between staff and to focus attention on relational aspects of care.

The underlying premise for Rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient’s experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care staff must, in turn, feel supported in their work.