The ICE Observatory is based in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey. It was launchedon 5th February 2014 and succeeds the International Centre for Nursing Ethics which was established in 1999 by Verena Tshudin and Geoffrey Hunt. 

Our aim

The overall aim of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory is to engage in research and scholarship that illuminates the importance and complexity of care activities and underpins innovative and effective interventions that develop and sustain ethical care practices. 

The ICE Observatory acts as an inter-disciplinary, national and international hub of educational, organisational and research expertise and activity to revalue care and promote an in-depth understanding of, and commitment to, ethics in health and social care.  

Our aim is to create an international discussion forum, an interchange for cross-cultural research, and opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral working, publishing scholarly works, developing open learning materials, and generating a resource of information in the field. 

The ICE Observatory disseminates information and resources via the Ethicists Bulletin and the Nursing Ethics Journal

Our objectives are to:

  • Undertake high-quality philosophical and empirical collaborative research and scholarship in ethics of care;
  • Advocate for the rights and interests of those who receive care, their families and friends, and of care-givers;
  • Disseminate research findings and scholarship that impact positively and meaningfully on care practices;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate ethics educational interventions;
  • Provide consultancy and leadership education that promotes ethical practices in care organisations; and
  • Work in partnership with, and be advised by, key stakeholders to continue to develop a care ethics research programme and sustainable strategies that support ethical care practices.

The ICE Observatory puts special emphasis on:

  • Understanding what promotes and sustains ethical care-giving
  • Empirical research in ethics, values and accountability
  • Cross-cultural discussion
  • Inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration
  • Practice-based ethical problem-solving
  • Human Rights (the ICE Observatory makes Human Rights Awards for Nurses every year)
  • Teaching ethics - international perspectives 

Nursing Ethics Journal

The ICE Observatory has as its vehicle the international peer-reviewed academic journal, Nursing Ethics, published by Sage (ISSN 0969-7330), which appears six times a year. News of ICE Observatory developments is featured in the journal.

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International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory
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University of Surrey