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Dr Hilary Engward

Associate Professor in Applied Social Science Co-Director, Professional Doctorate Health & Social Care

Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Health care ethics and education
Research Supervision:

Hilary is an Associate Professor in the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI). She leads research into Professional Advocacy and co-leads the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care.

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Hilary is an applied social science researcher across public services. Specific to the military and veteran field, Hilary leads research exploring how veteran families learn and adapt to living with long term health morbidities, with the aim of learning from and applying across civilian families. An example of her work is the Blesma Families Project.

Hilary co-leads research exploring the impact of Professional Advocacy in Nursing and Midwifery. Please contact Hilary for further details.

Hilary co-leads the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care and supervises PhD, EdD and PhD students on military, veteran, education, and health subjects, with a methodological expertise in grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative inquiry and mixed methodology.

Hilary also writes widely on veteran health and wellbeing and the nature and scope of a duty to care for veterans and has developed awareness of veteran and their families in the primary, secondary and third sector support contexts.

Her writing additionally encompasses health professional development and education and practice, research methodological papers.

Hilary leads the ARU Grounded Theory seminar group and is a committee member of the ARU Arts Council.

Research interests
  • Veteran and family health and wellbeing
  • Living with long term health conditions
  • Living with loss of use of limb/s and loss of limb/s
  • Living with chronic pain
  • Health care ethics
  • Health professional knowledge, development, and practice
  • Creative methodologies in social science
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

Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:

  • Thomas Kersey: Veterans living with Chronic Pain: A narrative Inquiry
  • Jane Robinson: Does registered nurse involvement in quality improvement relate to nurse retention? A mixed methodological study
  • Lewis Barret Rogers: Understanding learning maths in the outdoors: A phenomenological study
  • Nieky van Veggel: How do course leaders in specialist HEI use evidence? A grounded Theory
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • EdD
  • MSc Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • MSc Medical Ethics
Memberships, editorial boards

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Evaluation of the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) & Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) in East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)
  • Understanding how assisted technology works: the family context
  • Female veterans' experience of living with loss of use of limb
  • Creative arts and visual impairment: the Mystery Arts Box project
  • The veteran family experience living with loss of use of limb/s
Selected recent publications

Engward, H., Fossey, M. and Fleuty, K. (2018) 'Caring & Coping: the family experience of living with limb loss', Blesma Families Project.

Journal articles

Castle, C., Engward, H., Kersey, T., et al. (2022) 'The Mystery Arts Box Project: a qualitative exploration of the experiences, benefits, and challenges of participating in a remotely delivered art and craft project for British veterans with visual impairment', BMJ Mil Health. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/military-2022-002174

Robinson, J., Engward, H. and Godier-McBard (2022) 'Does nurse involvement in quality improvement improve nurse retention?', Journal of Research in Nursing. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871211058853

Phillips, R., Durkin, M., Engward, H., Cable, G. and Iancu, M. (2022) 'The impact of caring for family members with mental illnesses on the caregiver: a scoping review', Health Promotion International. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac049

Engward, H., Goldspink, S., Kersey, T., Iancu, M. and Wood, A. (2022) 'Togetherness in Separation: Ethical Considerations for Remote Qualitative Interviews', International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 21, pp. 1-9. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211073212

Barrett-Rodger, L., Goldspink, S., Engward, H. (2022) 'Being in the wood: Using a presuppositional interview in hermeneutic phenomenological research', Qualitative Research. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211061055

Castle, C., Engward, H., Kersey, T., Heinz, N. (2021) 'Arts activity and well-being for visually impaired military veterans: A narrative discussion of current knowledge', Public Health (under review). Substantial contribution to study design, data collection and write up.

Engward, H. and Goldspink, S. (2020) 'Lodgers in the house: living with the data in interpretive phenomenological analysis research', Reflective Practice, 21:1, pp. 41-53.

Engward, H. and Goldspink, S. (2020) 'Working with Me: Revisiting the Tutorial as Academic Care. Academic Advising and Tutoring for Student Success in Higher Education: International Perspectives', Frontiers in Education, 5(105), pp. 1-7.

Mitchell, S., Andrews, L. and Engward, H. (2020) 'Examining the effects of acquired limb loss on the family network: a grounded theory study', Disability and Rehabilitation. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1780480