This report evaluates Schwartz Center Rounds® (rounds) in England.
Rounds were introduced into the UK in 2009 to support healthcare staff to deliver compassionate care, something the Francis report (Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry) identified as lacking. Rounds are organisation-wide forums that prompt reflection and discussion of the emotional, social and ethical challenges of healthcare work, with the aim of improving staff well-being and patient care.
The report concludes that rounds are a ‘slow intervention’ that develop their impact over time. They create a safe, reflective space for staff to talk together confidentially, and attending rounds increased staff’s empathy and compassion for colleagues and patients, supported them in their work and helped them to make changes in practice.
The analysis highlights the necessary conditions for rounds to work.
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