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Schwartz Awards

Schwartz awardsThe aim of the Schwartz Awards is to appreciate those staff who have shown dedication to their colleagues. They give individuals, teams and organisations the opportunity to creatively express and celebrate the development of Rounds within their organisation, demonstrate why Rounds are valued, or give examples of where they have proved particularly powerful.

The awards are comprised of four categories: best Schwartz innovation; most powerful Round; poster competition; photo competition.

In 2016, we received a phenomenal number of entries for our inaugural Schwartz Awards, many of which we displayed at our community conferences.

Below you can find links to all of the entries received, demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm of the Schwartz community.


Best Schwartz innovation

Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust (winner)

Ashford and St Peter’s were the first to create the concept of ‘Pop-up Rounds’: they gauged staff experience and directed staff to a form of Schwartz Rounds which was accessible to them. Their innovation has also helped to inspire many other organisations to run pop-ups. Farhana’s video beautifully demonstrated the process which led to this innovation, and also inspired the possibility of future innovations.

University of Liverpool (winner)

The University of Liverpool were the first to introduce multidisciplinary Rounds into their undergraduate curriculum, running Rounds to students from a range of education programmes. They are helping to address the important task of introducing reflection and openness to share vulnerability early on in training, and it is the importance of this innovation in enacting change that resulted in them winning the award.

Read Liverpool’s entry

Photo competition

Yusuf Yousuf, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (winner)

Yusuf’s photo beautifully captures some of the core components of Schwartz Rounds in just one photo. It also emphasises how labels and hierarchies are not the focus in Rounds since they are an opportunity for sharing human experiences. The photo also stresses the need to stop and take time out in order to reflect.










Aoife Langton, Blackrock, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (winner)

This entry demonstrates how a simple photo can bring a story to life in your mind, with the image recalling Aoife’s memory of her final physio session with a dying patient who was in too much pain to get in the water: Aoife recognised that just sitting with the patient, just being there, was enough, and could in fact do more to relieve the patient’s emotional trauma than any treatment. The photo captures this sense of stillness and presence as something so simple and pure: the connection between two people in a peaceful space.


Most powerful Round

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (winner)

West Herfordshire’s entry described the brutal reality of helping children who have suffered terribly, capturing the profound impact that one particular case had on staff within their organisation. It captured not only the power of Rounds in encouraging staff to open up and unite, but also the power of storytelling in inviting the opportunity for reflection.

Read the story

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (winner)

The Christie’s entry, a story told by porter Robert Hardiman, highlighted the often unheard but vital connections that are formed between non-clinical staff and patients. The story also demonstrated how sometimes none of us really know what to say to patients, but that a connection can nonetheless exist. Most importantly, Rob’s story reminded us that connecting with patients on a human level and not shying away from the feelings that come with those connections is extremely valuable.

Read the story

Poster competition

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (winner)

SLAM undertook a thematic analysis to explore how the Rounds were experienced by staff. They identified why Rounds were valued, what the benefits were, as well as the barriers to implementation and proposed actions for ongoing sustainability. This was all creatively displayed using the image of a tree.

View the poster

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (winner)

Wirral’s poster laid out the feedback that they had received from Rounds in a clear and simple way, also detailing wider organisational measures. They also summarised feedback comments in a visual-friendly wordgram, thereby bringing the experience of Rounds to life.

View the poster

2016 Schwartz Awards Submissions

Best Schwartz Round innovation 

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Devon Partnership & Royal Devon & Exeter
Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation
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 College London Medical School

Schwartz Round photo competition 

Michele Wood, Senior Art Therapist, Marie Curie Hospice

This photo conveys the power of the Rounds to bring people together from across the whole organisation. The photo is a collage of 30 hand shots, showing the hands of those who contribute to the success of our hospice Rounds. Together they capture moments of connection, which not only ensure the safety of our Rounds, but are also responses to the storytelling made possible in them.










South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (1. The Schwartz Journey, Nicki Power)










South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2. Time to Heal, Nicki Power)










Most powerful Schwartz Round 

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

Schwartz Round poster competition 

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (1)
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (2)
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Blackrock, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services
Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (1)
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2)
Ipsiwch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Islington Community Education Provider Network
Marie Curie, Hampstead
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Medical School
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust