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Shortlist announced for inaugural Schwartz Awards

21 October 2016

Press Release


Embargoed until 00:00 on Friday 21 October 2016

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the first ever Schwartz Awards.

The awards are an opportunity for individuals, teams and organisations to express and celebrate some of the fantastic achievements which Schwartz Rounds have enabled.

31 organisations were shortlisted across the four categories.

Jocelyn Cornwell, chief executive of The Point of Care Foundation, said:

“I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by the dedicated staff who run Rounds.

Considering that the time of healthcare staff is already so stretched and precious, the fact that people went to so much effort to share their stories and experiences really highlighted how much Schwartz Rounds are valued amongst staff, as well as the positive impact they are having within their working culture.

I really enjoyed looking through all of the touching and innovative submissions and felt reassured that our work continues to support healthcare staff across the UK and Ireland.”

Nicki Power, Schwartz Rounds facilitator at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the awards. The success of Schwartz Rounds in SLaM is owed to the wholehearted involvement of staff – from those who have told their stories, those who have come to Rounds, and those who have helped us with all of the practical arrangements.

We are proud to be recognised by The Point of Care Foundation, who share SLaM’s values of looking after ourselves and each other to better care for our patients.”

The winners in each of the four categories will be announced at the two regional Schwartz Community conferences taking place on 27 October in London and 24 November in Manchester.  You can see the shortlist in full below.

Most powerful Schwartz Round

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Princess Alice Hospice
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Best Schwartz Round innovation

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
St Christopher’s Hospice
University of Liverpool

Schwartz Round poster competition

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Health Service Executive
Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Islington Community Education Provider Network
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Medical School
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Schwartz Round photograph

Health Service Executive
Marie Curie, Hampstead
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Notes to editors:

Schwartz Rounds are structured, monthly one-hour meetings open to all of the staff within an organisation.  The purpose is to reflect on the experience of working in healthcare, rather than to solve problems or look for outcomes.  Evidence shows that staff who attend Rounds feel more supported, valued and connected with others.

About The Point of Care Foundation:

  • The Point of Care Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to improving patients’ experience of care and increasing support for the staff who work with them.
  • We provide evidence and resources to support health and care staff in the difficult work of caring for patients.
  • We believe a truly patient-centred approach – focused on listening, understanding and responding to the needs of the whole individual – is essential to the delivery of the best possible quality of care.
  • For further information about our work please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter @PointofCareFdn.
  • For media enquiries contact Patrick Cullen, communications manager on: 020 3841 5578 or at Out of hours on 07969 991 720.