Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


11 April 2019

Recounting workplace experiences in Schwartz Rounds – a comparison with support group interactions - Sarah Atkins, Marco Pino, Laura Thompson

Presented By DARG
  • 13:00-14:30 15:00-16:30
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

This joint data session will look at a video recording of a ‘Schwartz Round®’ from a UK hospital, comparing it to data from a support group setting (provided by Dr Marco Pino). This stems from a project at Birkbeck, University of London looking at storytelling in Schwartz Rounds (Dr Laura Thompson and Dr Sarah Atkins).

Schwartz Rounds, which take place in a large number of hospital trusts across the UK, are a means for healthcare staff to meet regularly and discuss the emotional and social aspects of their work (https://www.pointofcarefoundation.org.uk/our-work/schwartz-rounds/).They provide a structured, 1-hour forum for staff members to recount workplace experiences, with three pre-prepared stories provided by panelists at the start of the session, followed by contributions from audience members, all managed by a facilitator and a clinical lead. The aim is to provide a compassionate forum to support healthcare staff with the demands of their jobs.

We would like to look at whether there are key international similarities or differences in the way participants sometimes challenge generalized, group experiences from individuals recounting their stories, as has been examined in support group interactions (Marco Pino).