The University’s School of Allied and Public Health Professions has been awarded Health Education England funding to establish Schwartz Rounds for health and social care students, academic staff and new registrants, supporting a compassionate approach to care.

Schwartz Rounds are a structured space or forum for students, staff and practitioners from health and social care professions to come together to share the emotional care aspects of their work and training.

They offer health and social care professionals a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families. The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.

Attendees are invited to hear from fellow practitioners telling their stories about a time or an incident that had an emotional impact. Attendees are then invited to share their own reflections. 

Research evidence indicates that attendance at Rounds promotes reflective practice and helps to break down hierarchical, organisational and professional barriers, allowing attendees to recognise that the feelings invoked from practice are very usual.

Schwartz Rounds are now underway at the University’s Medway and Canterbury campuses with facilitators from across the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care with differing backgrounds including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Practice Learning, Public Health Ethics and Social Work.

Students and new registrants from the University’s professional health and social care courses are welcome to attend. Students can attend Schwartz Rounds during a placement if you have permission from your practice educator. You will receive a certificate of attendance to add to your CPD portfolio. If you have Schwartz Rounds in your trust, you can attend the University’s Schwartz Rounds too.

Reserve your spot on a Schwartz Round in person or online.

Most people find the Rounds supportive and reflective. If you require further support following a Schwartz round, you can catch up with one of the round organisers following the round closure, contact your Personal Academic Tutor or speak to the University’s Mental Wellbeing Team.