This week I particularly wanted to draw your attention to our next Schwartz Round which is taking place later this month. Incredibly this will mark four years of Schwartz Rounds at ASPH, celebrating over 40 main rounds, plus additional pop-up sessions across both our hospitals. These have enabled colleagues at all levels, and in all areas, to share the emotional impact of working in healthcare and in so doing, supporting each other in the challenges they face.
I know I am not alone in having found the rounds both incredibly moving and supportive, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been brave enough to tell their stories, some of which have been very personal, and to all those who have attended in the audience for their contribution. The two-way dialogue and support is an integral element to the success of the rounds, supporting both those on the panel and those in the audience, many of whom will have experienced similar situations to those being described.
Over the last four years our rounds have grown from fewer than 20 people to more than 90, a sure sign of their success. And as we all work to maintain our focus on patient safety and quality in the face of increasing financial pressure and now the onset of winter, this kind of support is ever more important, and will contribute to creating a more positive experience for colleagues across our hospitals in the most difficult of times.
Our next round will focus on frustration and rejection, drawing on a case where medical advice was challenged, and is going to be filmed by the Point of Care Foundation (the national organisation that holds the license to help set up and run Schwartz Rounds in the UK). The purpose of the film will be to help train new facilitators and help other Trusts understand the value of the rounds, as well as enabling us to share our own good practice.
Finally, I would just like to acknowledge the important contribution made by colleagues Harriet Barker, Farhana Nargis, Dr Peter Wilkinson and of course our former Chief Nurse Heather Caudle in making these rounds such a success for Team ASPH.
Wishing you all a great weekend,
With very best wishes,