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Our Schwartz Round team has done it again!

Posted: 9 February 2018
Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer

Our award winning Schwartz Round team has added yet another prize to its trophy cabinet.

David Gaunt, A&E consultant and Becky Platt, matron for children’s services, who are the facilitators for the Rounds, jointly won the Schwartz Round ‘Shining Star Award’ at the 2018 Schwartz Community conference at the end of January.

Picture of David Gaunt and Becky PlattSchwartz Rounds are monthly confidential sessions for staff from all disciplines to come together to talk about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients. Rounds give staff the support they need to do their jobs and help them understand and appreciate each other’s roles. A 2017 study of the impact of Schwartz Rounds shows a 50% drop in poor psychological health among staff who regularly attend and feedback from our attendees say that they are “the best thing we do for our staff".

The Shining Stars category is new for 2017-18 and received the most entries. Our nomination for this category highlights David and Becky’s contribution: “David and Becky are a true inspirational partnership. Eye contact and language between David and Becky shows their intuitive and warm relationship. Their unique style of facilitating is not Morecambe, but very wise. Even when David was in pain, on crutches, he led our Round. Both have immensely challenging roles yet never let their commitment slip.”

David said: “We are very honoured to have been selected for this prestigious award, the second award that our Schwartz Rounds have received. They have become an essential part of how this trust cares for its staff and we are proud to be a part of the Schwartz Round team.”

Becky added: “We would like to thank all our panel members for making the Rounds such a resounding success and thanks also to the trust’s organisational development team who help make it happen.”

Our Schwartz Rounds were also recognised in October 2016 as ‘the most powerful Schwartz Round’ demonstrating how much effort the team puts into ensuring they deliver a great Round every time.

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  1. For more information, please contact Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.