The RIPE Project (Researching Interventions that Promote Ethics in Social care) is being run by the University of Surrey. The aim of the project is to evaluate different approaches to ethics education with staff working in residential care homes for older people. Care Homes involved in the project are assigned to one of three type of 'intervention group' or to a control group.
It was very exciting to find that Birtley carers will participate in an experimental learning session which has been developed and previously delivered in Belgium. This is the first time the simulation (Intervention Group 3) has been run in the UK. Our carers will each play the role of a care home resident in a specially designed Simulation Centre at the University. They have each decided on a 'Patient Profile' e.g. they may be a combination of immobile, blind, deaf etc and have to act in character throughout their weekend at the simulation centre, apart from midnight to 6am on the Sunday morning.
The session will include discussion groups facilitated by an ethics expert. They will be invited to reflect on their own ethical practice pre and post the simulation, through completing questionnaires and by interview. All data collected will be made anonymous and so no-one will be able to recognise our staff when the findings are analysed and reported.
Our eight participants will be divided into groups of two and will attend the simulation weekends along with carers from other care homes involved in the study, with the first group going on 19th September.
Best of luck to the following carers participating in the simulation: Michaela Pollard, Rad Ciba, Dorothy Boloz, Karolina Poznaska, Michael McDougall, Sarah Mills, Rosa Dollerson and Melinda Chikanya.