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Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in health and social care. The purpose of Rounds is to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to providing care, not to solve problems or to focus on the specific aspects of care.

 

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 service users experience of care, but that in order to provide compassionate care staff must, in turn, feel supported in their work.

There are several ways that you can get involved with Schwartz Rounds:
Become a Steering Group member or one of the Schwartz Round Facilitators. Equally you can share your story and experiences for one of the Rounds, or simply attend to allow yourself some time to reflect.

KeepingWellNEL can further support this shared wellbeing initiative by providing funding for independent care providers to backfill the staff member attending, details for invoicing will be provided once the role has been confirmed. If this is relevant to you, then please indicate this on your application form.

The Facilitator

The facilitator undertakes a very skilled role, so it helps if they have experience of working with groups and managing difficult emotions. Often people with psychological or social work backgrounds suit this role.

We are looking for colleagues who are already trained Schwartz Round Facilitators as well as those who have no prior experience.

 

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Steering Group Member

Setting up the steering group is often the first stage of getting multi-disciplinary support across the North East London region.

It helps if the group represent a wide number of staff groups across the region and come from senior and junior positions. Examples include directors, social or care staff, GPs, chaplaincy, management, porters and receptionists.

The steering group will help to champion the Rounds, find story tellers (panellists) and recruit audience members.

 

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Storyteller (Panellist)

Do you have a story to share? Share and reflect on the challenges and enriching experiences of working within the care industry

The Schwartz team will give you lots of support in advance to help with the preparation of your story, so don’t worry if you’re not sure.

 

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We are committed to providing a safe and confidential listening service and signposting support for our culturally diverse work force. We aim to be helpful, relevant, and culturally cohesive. Our workforce across North East London is one of the most diverse where over half of our workforce identify as Black, Asian, or another ethnic minority group.  

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