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

Courses taught: Medical and Healthcare Education

Hilary’s interests are in medical and healthcare education and medical and healthcare ethics.

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Hilary forwards that the best education stems for 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.

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

Wiles, Bahal, Engward and Papanikitas, 2016. Ethics in the interface between multi disciplinary teams: a narrative in stages for interprofessional education. London Journal of Primary Care. DOI: 10.1080/17571472.2016.1244892

Engward, H., 2014. Reflexivity in grounded theory. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Engward, H., 2013. Understanding grounded theory. Nursing Standard, 28(7), pp37-41.

Engward, H., 2012. Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners. Nurse Researcher, 19(3), p45.

Selected book chapters

Engward, H., 2017. Veterans and the ethics of reciprocity in UK primary healthcare. In. A. Papanikitas and J. Spicer. 2016. Ethics in Primary Care. In press.

Engward, H., 2017. Interprofessional ethics in the primary care setting In. A. Papanikitas and J. Spicer. 2016. Ethics in Primary Care. In press.

Engward, H., 2017. Ethics at the beginning and end of life. In Understanding Ethics for Nurses. Ellis, P. 2nd Ed. Chapter 8.

Engward, H., 2017. Contemporary Challenges in Ethics for Nurses. In Understanding Ethics for Nurses. Ellis, P. 2nd Ed. Chapter 8.

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.