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Schwartz Rounds - Ireland's Health Service

  • 23 Aug 2017

Schwartz Rounds are tightly structured, monthly meetings for multi-professional groups of staff working in health care environments.


What are Schwartz Rounds?

Schwartz rounds were developed by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare in Boston USA. In the US, more than 320 organisations have implemented Rounds while around 100 trusts and hospices are contracted to run Rounds in the UK.

Schwartz Rounds are tightly structured, monthly meetings for multi-professional groups of staff working in health care environments. The Rounds provide an opportunity for staff from all disciplines across a healthcare organisation to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work. The focus is on the human dimension of care. Each round is based on the story of a particular patient or a theme and is briefly presented by 3 or 4 members of staff. This is followed by a facilitated discussion which involves the wider audience and is an opportunity to listen, share and support. Schwartz Rounds provide a framework which helps to improve staff well-being, resilience and support which ultimately has an impact on improved patient centred care. See attached presentation with introduction to Schwartz rounds

Why introduce Schwartz Rounds

 Schwartz Rounds have been shown to lead to: increased insight into the social and emotional aspects of patient care; increased confidence to deal with sensitive issues; 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.

Introducing Schwartz Rounds in Ireland

If your service is interested in introducing Schwartz rounds, and you have available funding, please nominate one person to fill in the online registration of interest using the following link (please click).

Pictured here are the Schwartz Round Facilitators and Clinical Leads from Blackrock Hospice and Galway University Hospital along with members of their steering group, members of the Quality Improvement Division and Nicki Power, Schwartz Round Mentor.

 Schwartz Rounds Pic 4

Back row:  Dr. Catherine Anne Field, Maureen Flynn, Dr. John Fitzsimons, Siobhan Murphy, Ellen Wiseman, Goda Faherty, Olive Gallagher, Irene Maguire, Libby Kinneen, Jean Kelly, Juanita Guidera, Dr. Sean Dinneen, Geraldine Tracey
Front row:  Ger Kilkelly, Nicki Power, Schwartz Round Mentor, Krystle Davis, Dr. Joan Cunninghan, Dr. Ursula Bates.

Further Information

For more information on Schwartz Rounds, please see the attached leaflet, and brief introductory presentation on the test of concept in Ireland to date.  

Other Useful Resources

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If you have any queries about Schwartz Rounds, please contact:

  • Maureen Flynn, Quality Improvement Division Lead Governance and Staff Engagement for Quality | 01 635 2344
  • Juanita Guidera, Quality Improvement Division Lead Staff Engagement | 087 064 23 08
  • Orla O'Reilly, Quality Improvement Division | 045 882 544