The training is spread over two days. Day 1 takes place prior to facilitating Rounds and Day 2 takes places after experience of facilitating three Rounds.
- Day 1 includes an introduction to Rounds, topic generation, panel preparation, facilitation skills and a live Round
- Day 2 includes ideas for sustainability, advanced facilitation skills and further panel preparation skills
Most facilitators will be required to attend both days of training, but some may opt to attend only the second day of training based on their level of experience. To do so they will need to have:
- Attended at least three Rounds
- Read the Schwartz Round handbook
- Co-facilitated a minimum of two Rounds with an experienced facilitator
- Attended a panel preparation session with an experienced facilitator
- Arranged a post-Round debrief with an experienced facilitator.
How to book on for a training day?
To be able to book on for training, your organisation must have a Schwartz Rounds contract with us. More information about signing up to run Schwartz Rounds can be found here.
If your organisation has a Schwartz Rounds contract with us and you would like to book a place on one of our upcoming training days, please email
Please note, there should be a gap between Day 1 and Day 2 so as to allow time for you to build sufficient experience of facilitating Schwartz Rounds. You should attend Day 2 training after facilitating at least three Rounds.
If your organisation has a Schwartz Rounds contract with us and you would like to book a place on one of our training days, please email
Day 1 dates
*As a result of restrictions on face-to-face meetings due to Covid-19, we are running an online version of this training instead. Please get in touch with us to find out more.
Day 2 dates
When existing facilitators have built up their experience and confidence with the Rounds, they can recommend a colleague to participate in our in-house training programme. This involves an experienced facilitator from your organisation taking on a mentoring role to support a new facilitator as they use e-learning modules to obtain the theoretical knowledge of the Rounds while also learning from experience.
Eligibility for in-house training
- In-house training is only available to organisations that have a licence with The Point of Care Foundation and that has run Rounds for a minimum of a year
- The trainee must have an experienced Schwartz Round facilitator to act as mentor, who is accredited with The Point of Care Foundation
- The trainee must have attended a minimum of three Rounds
- The experienced facilitator will take responsibility for inviting the trainee to take part in a panel preparation session and a debrief session. If possible, the experienced facilitator will also observe the trainee facilitating a Round and provide feedback.
In order to become a CPD accredited Schwartz Round facilitator, trainees will need to:
- complete all 9 e-learning modules
- co-facilitate a Round with an experienced facilitator
- attend a debrief session after a Round
Full details of the online training programme can be found below.
How much does it cost?
It costs £150 to enrol one person on our in-house CPD accredited training programme. This enables the trainee to access nine e-learning modules. All other components of the training are undertaken in the organisation running Rounds. If you buy 5 enrolments at once it costs £600 (20% discount), and if you buy 10 enrolments at once it costs £1000 (33% discount).
If you would like to enrol onto this training or have any questions, please contact
Format of in-house training
The trainee will be enrolled in an e-learning programme that aims to deliver informational and theoretical content about Rounds. There are nine e-learning modules as follows:
- Introduction to Rounds
- Core roles
- Common concerns
- Generating topics
- Panel preparation
- Stages of the Schwartz Round
- Further facilitation skills
Each module is expected to take on average 40 minutes, so a total of 6 hours (modules 6 and 7 are lengthiest).
The trainee should undertake a panel preparation session with the experienced facilitator once they have completed the module on panel preparation. The experienced facilitator should share their own experiences with the trainee; they may have discovered particularly helpful ways to approach the preparation from a practical and skills point of view.
During the panel preparation the trainee should take the lead if possible with the experienced facilitator assisting when needed. The core components of panel preparation should include:
- The person in the professional. Noticing moments when the panellist mentions the personal and human aspects of their story (as opposed to the professional and clinical aspects), such as how they came to work in healthcare or why they related strongly to a particular case.
- The emotional impact. Noticing emotive words such as ‘sad’, ‘guilty’, ‘scared’, ‘lonely’, ‘angry’ should be noted and explored.
- Finding a focus. Each story should have a focus, a particular moment that stands out in the panellist’s story to help the audience to create a visual image of the experience.
- Timing. The story should be told within 5 minutes. The facilitator should help the panelist to prepare their story within this time limit.
After the session the trainee and experienced facilitator should discuss what went well and what could be worked on.
After completing the ‘stages of Schwartz Round’ module, the trainee should co-facilitate a Round with the experienced facilitator and attend a debrief session with panellists afterwards. Subsequently, the trainee and facilitator should discuss what went well and what could be worked on.
The trainee and experienced facilitator can reflect on the following:
- Timing. Did the Round start and end on time?
- The panel. Was the panel preparation effective?
- Resonance. Did the stories connect?
- Themes. What were the main themes that emerged during the discussion?
- Co-facilitation. Did the co-facilitators work well together?
- Challenge. Was there problem solving? Was this addressed?
- Silence. Was there any and how was this managed?
- Improvements. What do you want to work on for next time?
If possible, another facilitator or member of the steering group should observe the Round and complete an observation form in order to helpfully feedback on the co-facilitation and experience of the Round itself.
Once the e-learning modules have been completed and the trainee has satisfied the other elements of the in-house training, The Point of Care Foundation can supply a certificate of accreditation.