Schwartz Rounds sessions aim to help colleagues better understand the challenges and rewards of providing care. This is brought to life through your experiences, helping us each to better understand the respective roles we all play in the delivery of care. Evidence shows that staff who attend Rounds feel less stressed and less isolated – and all are invited to join us.
Rounds are focused around a particular overarching theme and take place at Gateshead monthly. Themes can be broad and overarching or related to a particular case. Sessions can be held either in-person or via Microsoft Teams. For a list of upcoming sessions, please check the mental wellbeing news section or contact us.
Sessions last around one hour. The first 15-20 minutes will be led by 2-3 storytellers, who will share their experiences around the theme. Storyteller panels will ideally be built via a mix of clinical and non-clinical staff to help build well-rounded perspective amongst attendees. The remainder of the session will then be led by trained facilitators from within the Trust, who’ll lead an open discussion.
The focus of Schwartz Rounds is very much on reflection, and so discussion will be focused around this as opposed to problem solving. All sessions are a confidential space, with patient and staff identities protected and it clearly outlined that the room is a safe space. An added bonus is that Schwartz Rounds are also accredited with CPD Points, with all attendees receiving a certificate post-round.