Dr Hilary Engward

Senior Research Fellow

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

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health care ethics and education

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Medical and Healthcare Education

Hilary is a Senior Research Fellow in the Veterans and Families Institute. Hilary forwards that the best education stems from the values of the educator, and it is part of being a professional to be cognizant of their values in relation to their professional practice. Her work covers aspects of learning, curriculum design, and developing ethics and values as central in the educational process.

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Hilary was PI on the ‘Caring and Coping: Living with limb loss, the veterans and family perspective’ in collaboration with British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (Blesma), funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). From this research, a Living with Limb Loss Support Model has been developed that identifies key stages in the living with limb loss life course where targeted supported is more likely to enhance coping in the veterans and families context and support long term independent living. This model can be adapted and applied by health, social care and charitable services. Please contact Hilary for further details.

Hilary writes widely on raising awareness veteran health and wellbeing in the health and social care professional literature, and has a particular interest in exploring the ethics of reciprocity in relation to veteran’s health and social care, and the nature and scope of a duty to care for veterans, and is working to develop awareness of veteran and their families in the primary and secondary care contexts. Hilary leads the MSc Global Military and Veteran Studies and supervises EdD and PhD students on military, veteran, education and health subjects, with a methodological expertise in grounded theory, interpretive phenomenological analysis, narrative and mixed methodology.

Research interests

  • Families and veteran health and wellbeing
  • Health care ethics
  • Interprofessional ethics
  • Governance and safety
  • Grounded theory methodology
  • Veterans and families living with limb loss

Areas of research supervision

Hilary would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Families
  • Veterans
  • Health care ethics
  • Interprofessional ethics and working
  • Education
  • Grounded theory, phenomenology, mixed methodology
  • Governance and patient safety

Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:

  • A phenomenological exploration of adult, asynchronous distance-learning (current)
  • Resiliency to the effects of traumatic events within private security companies (current)
  • Experiences of BME students in social work education (current)
  • Teachers as readers: readers as teachers (current)
  • Exploring the voice of children in palliative care (current)



  • EdD
  • MSc Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • MSc Medical Ethics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Senior Researcher in Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership

Selected recent publications

  • Hilary Engward & Sally Goldspink, 2020. Lodgers in the house: living with the data in interpretive phenomenological analysis research, Reflective Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2019.1708305
  • Engward, H., and Fleuty, K., 2019. Improving the awareness and care of veterans in healthcare services. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e1119
  • Engward, H., Fleuty, K. and Fossey, M., 2018. Caring and Coping: the family perspective on living with limb loss. London: Blesma.
  • Goldspink, S., and Engward, H. 2018. Booming clangs and whispering ghosts: Attending to the reflexive echoes in IPA research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16:2, pp. 291-304, DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1543111
  • Engward, H. 2018. Veterans and the ethics of reciprocity. In: Wintrup, J., Biggs, H., Brannelly, T., Fenwick, A., Ingham, R. and Woods, D. (forthcoming) Ethics from the ground up: emerging debates, changing practices and new voices in healthcare. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Recent presentations and conferences


2017: Royal Society Medicine.

2016: International Association Bioethics, Edinburgh.

2016: Everyday Ethics, Royal College of Nursing.

2015: Everyday Ethics, Royal College of Nursing.

2012: International Association Bioethics (IAB), Rotterdam.

2011: Grounded Theory Institute, San Francisco.

2010: International Association Bioethics (IAB), Singapore.