Here at Milton Keynes University Hospital we care about our staff and the compassion that they show every day to patients, carers, and families and to their colleagues.
Working in a hospital environment can be extremely challenging where staff are expected to deal with happy, sad, difficult and emotional situations every day. Health care staff are often highly pressured which can have a negative effect on their welfare. Schwartz Rounds were inspired by Kenneth Schwartz a Boston lawyer who died from lung cancer in his 40's. He wrote movingly about the positive impact of receiving compassionate care and the emotional cost to staff that this involves. Schwartz Rounds create safe spaces to reflect and share the psychological aspects of caring. All staff are welcome to attend, both clinical and non-clinical. Each Round is based on a theme where a panel will present cases before illustrating the impact of those situations upon them. A Facilitator then leads the discussion with input from those present to share similar experiences of their own.
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Introduced to MKUH in January 2016
14 Rounds held
500+ staff attended
50 multi-disciplinary staff shared their feelings and emotions about their harrowing and poignant stories, providing a pause in work and a safe outlet to discuss difficult emotive subjects
Attendees included: consultants, senior nurses, staff nurses, healthcare assistant, midwives, MCA's, AHP's, porters, student nurses, preceptorship nurses, admin support staff, security staff
Want to get involved or provide a listening ear?
The aim is not to problem solve, identify priorities or produce action plans. Schwartz Rounds are a safe time in which challenging work experiences can be spoken about, thought about, or sometimes just simply witnessed.
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The Power of Schwartz Rounds to change cultures
"Very valuable and unexpectedly emotional"
"Very emotive but reassuring that others feel the same"
"Shows the human side of our colleagues"
"The most enraptured hour I have spent in a long time"
"Appreciate how much staff care, made me feel proud"
"This session was helpful, making you realise that you are not alone"
"Opened my eyes to see how everyone feels the same"
"It felt like a safe environment in a non-judgemental way"
"I was very sceptical about the Schwartz Round but it was wonderful"
"This was such a valuable experience both professionally and personally"
"Shows the vulnerability that we have, a unifying process, thank you"