Annie Cowcher

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation , Nursing and midwifery

Annie supports students in practice and currently works closely with placement providers in the private, voluntary and independent sectors throughout Essex and Cambridgeshire.


Annie's role involves:

  • visiting and supporting students in nursing homes, GP practices, private hospitals and social care provision
  • supporting, and building good working relationships with, practice colleagues. This includes providing practice supervisor and assessor updates and support with triennial reviews
  • managing safeguarding issues raised by students.

The role has heightened Annie's concern with issues surrounding protection of the public and safeguarding processes.

Research interests

  • The philosophical concept of duty and its relevance to the delivery of healthcare today.

In the past, Annie has presented conference papers exploring the Kantian concept of duty in an attempt to see whether it had any current relevance to the attitude of nurses, in essence, asking the questions: What do we mean by a ‘sense of duty’? Would ’having a sense of duty' in nursing improve care delivery?

In the climate today, with care and compassion high on the public agenda, these questions have enhanced significance. They may have some bearing on protection and safeguarding of the public.


  • MA Teaching Health Care Ethics, University of London
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Open University
  • Diploma in Health Care Ethics, Swansea University
  • Diploma in Nurse Education, Royal College of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing Parts A&B, University of London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Philosophical Society of Great Britain