Schwartz Rounds

What are Schwartz Rounds?

A forum for staff and students from all health and social care professions to come together to discuss the emotional care aspects of their work and training.

Any number of attendees meet for an hour to hear experiences of practice incidents or episodes of care from a panel of usually 3-4 students and/or staff, share reflections on the emotional impact and give immediate feedback. Two trained facilitators co-ordinate the hour-long Round. Refreshments are always provided the half hour before the Round, to value participants and encourage open sharing. 

Schwartz Center Rounds began in the USA as a result of the experiences of Kenneth Schwartz after his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, when “small acts of kindness made the unbearable bearable”

The UK branch of the charity with whom we have a contract is the Point of Care Foundation.

Why is the University of Plymouth running Rounds?

Research shows that acknowledging the emotional aspects of providing care for others is helpful when done in a supportive and safe environment. We believe that the experience of Rounds will promote an attitude of reflective practice and help break down boundaries – setting the scene for future professional practice and lifelong learning. 

We started running Rounds at the University of Plymouth in January 2017, in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences (FHHS) and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD). These health and social care professions have also been joined by Speech and Language Therapy from Plymouth Marjon University. Five or six Rounds run each year.

Watch a demonstration Schwartz Round at St Joseph's Hospice. Supported by The Point of Care Foundation.

Potential dates for 2017/18

November 2017 – Plymouth University (city centre campus)

February 2018 –  Bridges Conference, Plymouth University (city centre campus)

March 2018 – IPL Day, Plymouth University (city centre campus)

May 2018 – Plymouth Allied Health Centre (PAHC)

June 2018 – Cornwall Knowledge Spa, Truro

Who can attend?

  • All health and social care students and staff.
  • Other professions or programmes which may share a common interest in exploring the emotional and psycho-social aspects of working with people.
  • No booking needed – first come, first served.
  • Volunteer as a panelist or just come and share the experience as part of the audience.

“I really valued the openness and honesty of Schwartz panelists when sharing their stories. It made me reflect on my own placement experiences when I have felt silent/invisible due to/around other members of staff.”

“…It was powerful, heartfelt, and helps break through boundaries and barriers.”

“I wasn’t expecting to benefit as much as I did…I will return to my placement with more confidence that my feelings are normal and I’m not a fraud.”