As health professionals, we are encouraged to reflect upon the work that we do. Caring is tough – both mentally and emotionally. Our work can have a huge impact on our emotional wellbeing, yet traditionally there are few opportunities to discuss this in depth.
Schwartz Rounds are meetings open to every single person working in healthcare. They are designed to explore ‘what work does to us,’ in a safe environment and enable us to provide and receive support in delivering compassionate care. We have Schwartz Rounds here at LTHT but sadly these have been poorly attended by junior doctors.
I would like to invite and encourage everyone to try to attend the Schwartz Rounds whenever possible, as well as to spread the word. The next Schwartz Round is on the 12th September in the Bexley Wing Level 7 Lecture Theatre, with an informal lunch at midday, and the start of the Round at 12:30pm.
The first 15-20 minutes is taken up by panel of staff, exploring a common theme in their work. The following 35- 40 minutes is for discussion, guided by a facilitator, exploring issues raised by the story/themes. You can contribute, or simply listen.
I look forward to seeing you there.