RIPE Project: Researching Interventions that Promote Ethics in Social Care

Does ethics education work to better prepare the workforce to provide care for older people in residential care? What do social care workers value about ethics education? And what works best to educate care workers in ethics?


Recently there has been increasing acknowledgement of the need for good practice and ethical care for people in care homes. In this exciting research project, we aim to find out what kinds of ethics education work to promote good care for older people in care homes.  

The RIPE project is a pragmatic cluster randomised trial – the project measures the impacts of three different kinds of ethics education. The research involves 28 care homes, with eight staff from each care home (and the home manager) participating in one of four arms of the project.

The RIPE Project has now been extended to conduct immersive simulations in domilicary settings.

Read Ann Gallagher and Anna Cox's RIPE Project article, published in the Working Papers in the Health Sciences. 

Aims and objectives

The four arms of the project are:

  • Conventional ethics teaching at the home
  • Reflective ethics teaching at the home
  • Simulated ethics learning at the University of Surrey
  • No intervention – the control group

All care staff participants will complete a survey about ethics that includes four measures of ethical sensitivity and decision making. To understand the impact of the interventions, the survey will be completed three times across the project. Some participants will also be interviewed.

This research has been favourably reviewed by the University of Surrey Ethics Committee. 



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Dr Anna Cox

Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care

Professor Ann Gallagher

Professor Ann Gallegher

Head of Nursing and Professor of Care Education, Ethics and Research - University of Exeter

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Dr Magdalena Zasada

Lecturer in Workforce, Organisation and Wellbeing


Current RIPE Project Papers

Current papers published on the findings from the RIPE project

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