Professor Ann Gallagher

Professor of Ethics and Care


Affiliations and memberships

International Care Ethics Observatory
Nursing Ethics
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Fellow Ad Eundem


Research interests

Research projects

Indicators of esteem

  • In 2017/2018 Ann received the following awards:

    • Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA;
    • Fellow Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland; and
    • Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, UK




    Postgraduate research supervision

    My teaching

    My publications


    Marsh W., Robinson A., Gallagher A. & Shawe J. (2019 - in press) Removing babies at birth: ethical discourse Nursing Ethics

    Gallagher A., Peacock M., and Cox A. (2019 – in press) Exploring the experiences of care-givers assuming the role of domiciliary care-recipients  Nursing Standard

    Tranvåg O., Nåden O. & Gallagher A. (2019) Dignity Work of Older Women Caring for a Husband with Dementia at Home Health Care for Women International

    Miyama T., Gallagher A., Numoto K., Kawahara N., Tanabe M. & Takenaka Y. (2019) Philosophical perspectives on the care of elderly people from the viewpoint of advanced practice nurses in Japan Bulletin of Kyoto Tachibana University 45 (15): 209-221

    Ota K., Maeda J., Niimi Y., Gallagher A., Fai Chan M., Yahiro M. & Matsuda M. (2019) Development of an inpatient dignity scale through studies in Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom Asian Nursing Research (see )

    Sala Defilippis T.M.L., Curtis K. & Gallagher A. (2019) Conceptualising Moral Resilience Nursing Inquiry (see

    Austin Z., van der Gaag A., Gallagher A., Jago R., Banks S., Lucas G. & Zasada M. (2018) Understanding Complaints to Regulators about Paramedics in the UK and Social Workers in England: Findings from a Multi-Method Study  Journal of Medical Regulation 104(3): 19-28

    Gallagher A., Watson F. & Fitzpatrick N. (2018) Love as a core value in veterinary and medical practice: Towards a humanimal ethics Clinical Ethics ( )

    Lucas G., Gallagher A., Austin Z., Jago R., Banks S., & van der Gaag A. (2018) Understanding complaints about paramedics: a qualitative exploration in a UK context Australian Journal of Paramedicine (

    Gallagher A., Zasada M., Jago R., Austin Z., Banks S., Lucas G. & van der Gaag A. (2018) Fitness-to-practise concerns and preventative strategies Journal of Paramedic Practice 10 (4) pp.163-169

    van der Gaag A., Jago R. Austin Z., Zasada M., Banks S., Lucas G. & Gallagher A. (2018) Why do paramedics have a high rate of self-referral Journal of Paramedic Practice 5 (10): 205-210

    Gallagher A. (2018) Commentary: Intersectionality, Dignity and the Value of Stories Journal for Healthcare, Science and the Humanities VII (2): 81-87 

    Groothuizen J.E., Callwood A. & Gallagher A. (April 2018) The NHS Constitution Values for Values Based Recruitment: a Virtue Ethics Perspective Journal of Medical Ethics (online doi:10.1136/medethics-2017-104503

    Gallagher A. (2017) Commentary: Intersectionality, Dignity and the Value of Stories Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities Volume VII, Number 2:81-87

    Groothuizen J.E., Callwood A. & Gallagher A. (2017) What is the value of Values Based Recruitment for nurse education programmes? Journal of Advanced Nursing (published online - - doi: 10.1111/jan.12512)

    Ramage C., Curtis K., Glynn A., Montgomery J., Hoover E., Leng J., Martin C., Theodosius C. & Gallagher A., (2017) Developing and Using a Toolkit for Cultivating Compassion in Healthcare: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care 5 (1): 42-64

    Curtis K., Gallagher A., Ramage C., Montgomery J., Martin C., Leng J., Theodosius C., Glynn A., Anderson J. and Wrigley M. (2017) Using Appreciative Inquiry to develop, implement and evaluate a multi-organisational ‘Cultivating Compassion’ programme for health professionals and support staff Journal of Research in Nursing 22(1-2): 150-165 [*Judged paper of the year by the journal]

    Gallagher A. & Leng J. (2017) Care assistants’ experiences of an ethics-in-care simulation project: letters to a friend British Journal of Healthcare Assistants 11(04): 180-184

    Cox, AC, Arber, A, Gallagher, A, MacKenzie, M and Ream, E (2017) Establishing priorities for UK cancer nursing research: Nurse and patient collaboration in a UK Oncology Nursing Society Delphi survey Oncology Nursing Forum 44(2): 192-203

    Gallagher A., Peacock M., Zasada M., Coucke T. Cox A. & Janssens N. (2016 published online) Care-givers’ reflections on an Ethics Education Immersive Simulation Care Experience: A Series of Epiphanous Events Nursing Inquiry (See )

    Gallagher A., Curtis K., Dunn M. & Baillie L. (2016 published online) Realising Dignity in Care Home Practice: An Action Research Project International Journal of Older People Nursing (See )

    Gallagher A. & Vanlaere L. (2016) Care-givers' Perspectives on Ethical Aspects of Residential and Domiciliary Social Care for Older People: Towards skilled companionship? Nursing Older People 28 (10): 33-37 (See

     Gallagher A., Snook V., Horsfield C., Rutland S., Vyvyan E., Juniper J. & Collen  A. (2016) Experts’ perspectives on professionalism in paramedic practice: findings from a Delphi process British Paramedic Journal 1 (2): 9-17

    Gallagher A., Vyvyan E., Juniper J., Snook V., Horsfield C., Collen  A. & Rutland S., (2016) Professionalism in paramedic practice: the views of paramedics and paramedic students British Paramedic Journal 1 (2): 1-8

    Gallagher A. & Members of International Research Group (2015) Nurses’ Involvement in End of Life Decision-Making in ICE: A Five Country Qualitative Study International Journal of Nursing Studies 52 (4): 794-803

    Olsen D. & Gallagher A. (2014) Ethics, force-feeding and military nurses’ values conflict American Journal of Nursing (See )

    Gallagher A. (2013) Slow ethics: A sustainable approach to ethical care practice? Clinical Ethics vol. 8, 4: pp. 98-104

    Ventura C., Gallagher A., Jago R. & Mendes I. Assisted Dying: the view from solidarity Medicine and Law (accepted – publication 2013) - 'Assisted Dying: The View from Solidarity'. Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Medicine and Law

    Gault I., Gallagher A. & Chambers M. (2013) Perspectives on medicine adherence in service users and carers with experience of legally sanctioned detention and medication: a qualitative study Patient Preference and Adherence 7, 787-799

    Gallagher A., Jago R. Ventura C. & Mendes I. (2013) Transcultural research ethics: impossibility or panacea?  Health and Society/Salute E Societá 12 (3) pp.67-82

    Hunt G., Gannon C. & Gallagher A. (2013) Elements of an engaged clinical ethics: a qualitative analysis of hospice clinical ethics committee discussion Clinical Ethics 7 (4) pp. 175-182

    Gallagher A., Wainwright P, Tompsett H. & Atkins C. (2012) Findings from a Delphi Exercise regarding Conflicts of Interests, General Practitioners and Safeguarding Children: ‘Listen carefully, judge slowly’ Journal of Medical Ethics 38, pp. 87-92

    Wainwright P., Gallagher A., Tompsett H. & Atkins C. (2010) The use of vignettes within a Delphi exercise – a useful  approach in empirical ethics? Journal of Medical Ethics 36, pp.656-660

    Wainwright P. & Gallagher A (2010) Understanding general practitioners’  conflicts of interest and the paramountcy principle in safeguarding children Journal of Medical Ethics 36 pp.302-305

    Gallagher A., Arber A., Chaplin R. & Quirk A. (2010) Service users’ experience of receiving bad news about their mental health Journal of Mental Health 19 (1) 34-41

    Baillie, L., Gallagher, A. (2010) The RCN Dignity campaign: exploring enablers and challenges. Journal of Research in Nursing 15:1, 15-28.

    Urwin S., Stanley R., Jones M., Gallagher A., Wainwright P. & Perkins A. (2010) Understanding student nurse attrition: learning from the literature Nurse Education Today 30 pp.202-207

    Gallagher A. & Tschudin V. (2010) Education for ethical leadership Nurse Education Today 30 pp.224-227

    King L.A., Jackson M.T., Gallagher A., Wainwright P. & Lindsay J. (2009) Towards a model of the expert practice educator – interpreting multi-professional perspectives in the literature Learning in Health and Social Care Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp.135-144

    Arber A. & Gallagher A. (2009) Generosity and the moral imagination in the practice of teamwork Nursing Ethics 16 (6) pp. 775-785

    Gallagher A., Li S., Wainwright P., Rees Jones I. and Lee D. (2008) Dignity in the Care of Older People - A Review of the Theoretical and Empirical Literature BMC Nursing 2008, 7:11 (11 July 2008)

    Baillie L., Ford P., Gallagher A. & Wainwright P. (2009) Dignified care for children and young people Paediatric Nursing 21(2): 24

    Wainwright P. and Gallagher A. (2008) ‘On different types of dignity in nursing care: a critique of Nordenfelt’ Nursing Philosophy 9. pp.46-54

    Gallagher A. (2007) ‘The Respectful Nurse’ Nursing Ethics Vol.14, No.3, pp. 360-371

    Gallagher A. (2004) ‘Dignity and Respect for Dignity – Two Key Health Professional Values: Implications for Everyday Nursing Practice’ in Nursing Ethics 11 (6) pp.587-599.

    Arber A. & Gallagher A. (2003) ‘Breaking bad news revisited: the push for negotiated disclosure and changing practice implications’ International Journal of Palliative Nursing Volume 9. No.4, pp.166-172

    Seedhouse D. & Gallagher A. (2002) ‘Undignifying Institutions’ Journal of Medical Ethics 28: 368-372

    McHale J., Gallagher A. & Mason I. (2001) ‘The Human Rights Act 1998: Implications for Nurses’ Nursing Ethics, 8 (3), pp. 223-233

    Gallagher A. (1995) ‘Medical and Nursing Ethics; Never the Twain?’ Nursing Ethics 2 (2) pp. 95-101

    Books published

    Chadwick C. & Gallagher A. (2016) Ethics and Nursing Practice 2nd Edition, Palgrave/MacMillan, Basingstoke

    Banks S. & Gallagher A. (2009) Ethics in Professional Life: Virtues for Health and Social Care Palgrave/MacMillan, Basingstoke

    McHale J. & Gallagher A. (2003) Human Rights and Nursing Butterworth Heinemann/Elsevier, Edinburgh

    Books edited

    In press – Gallagher A. & Herbert C. Faith in Care: 11 Worldviews on Ethics, Spirituality and Care

    Gallagher A. & Hodge S. (Editors) (2012) Ethical, legal and professional aspects in healthcare: a practice-based approach Palgrave/MacMillan

     Book chapters in press and published

    Gallagher A. & Warren R. ‘Ethical Aspects of Individualised Care’ (2018 in press) in Suhonen R., Stolt M., & Papastravrou E. (Eds) Individualised Care – Theory, measurement, Research and Practice Springer

    Gallagher A. ‘Mental Health Ethics’ in Norman I. & Ryrie I. (2018) The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing, 2nd Edition (in press), Open University Press, Maidenhead

    Gallagher A. (2017) ‘Care Ethics and Nursing Practice’ (Chapter 15) in Scott A. Key Concepts and Issues in Nursing Ethics, Springer

    Gallagher A. (2014) ‘Moral Boundaries and Nursing Ethics’ in Kohlen H. et al Marking 20th Anniversary of Joan Tronto’s ‘Moral Boundaries’, Peeters, Leuven

    Gallagher A. (2013) ‘Ann Gallagher’ Chapter 8 in: Forss A, Ceci C. & Drummond J. (Eds) Philosophy of Nursing: 5 Questions Automatic Press/VIP, Copenhagen

    Gallagher A. ‘Preparing students for ethical practice’ in Higgs J., Sheehan D., Baldry Currens J., Letts W. & Jensen G.M.(Eds) (2013) Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education Sense Publications, Rotterdam

    Gallagher A. (2012) ‘Nursing Ethics’ entry in Chadwick R.(Editor-in-Chief) Encyclopaedia of Applied Ethics Second Edition, Elsevier, Edinburgh

    Gallagher A. ‘Care environments which support dignity in care’ in Matiti M. & Baille L. (Eds) (2011) Dignity in Care: A Practical Approach Radcliffe Publishing, London

    Gallagher A. and McKie A. ‘The potential of literature and poetry’ in Warne T.and McAndrew S. (Editors)  (2010) Creative Approaches in Health and Social Care Education and Practice: Knowing Me, Understanding You Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke

    Gallagher A ‘Ethics and Culturally Competent Care’ in Papadopolous R. (Ed.) (2006) Transcultural Health and Social care: The Development of Culturally Competent Practitioners Elsevier, Edinburgh

    Gallagher A. ‘Promoting Ethical Competence’ in Davis A.J., Tschudin V. and De Raeve (eds) (2006) The Teaching of Nursing Ethics: content and methods Elsevier, Edinburgh

    Gallagher A. Chapter ‘Do virtues have a role in the practice of counselling?’ in Robb M., Barrett S, Komaromy C. and Rogers A. (2004) Communication, Relationships and Care: A Reader Routledge, London

    Baxter C. & Gallagher A. ‘Blowing the Whistle on Racism in Services: Ethical Professional and Legal Aspects’ in Baxter C. (ed.) (2001)  Diversity & Equality in Health Care, Bailliere Tindall/ Harcourt,

    Gallagher A. ‘Negotiating the Dilemmas of Antenatal Testing for Genetic Disorders  What is the Virtuous Person to Do?’ Chapter published in Genetic Information: Acquisition, Access and Control (Chapter 25) in Thompson A.K. & Chadwick R. (Eds) (1999) Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York

    Hodder P. & Gallagher A. ‘Ethics & Standard-Setting’ (Chapter 6) in Chadwick R. (ed.) (1998) Ethical Issues in Community Health Care Edward Arnold Ltd., London.

    Examples of media opinion pieces

    Gallagher A. (2017) Blog: Learning from the case of Charlie Gard: How a hard case can make bad ethics (see )

    Gallagher A. (2017) Let's tackle 'careism' and give workers the respect they deserve The Guardian 22/02/2017 (See )

    Gallagher A. (2015) Ethical Responses to Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Inquiries - Why We Need a Slow Approach The Huffington Post (see

    Gallagher A. (2013) 'Proposal for hidden cameras in care homes is misguided' The Conversation 15th October (See )

    Gallagher A. (2013) 'Dignitas case raises tough questions over right to die and duty to protect' The Conversation 20th August (see

    Gallagher A (2013) 'Should Brady be kept alive? The ethics of force feeding' The Conversation 19th June (see

    Gallagher A. (2013) The Ethics of Force-Feeding Inmates New York Times 1st May (see

    Gallagher A. (2013) 'Care: A higher calling' Times Higher Education 28th February (see

    Gallagher A. (2013) 'Slow ethics will tackle moral winter' Times Higher Education 10th January (see

    Gallagher A. (2012) The key to improving nursing lies with nurses themselves The Times 04/05/12 p.61 (Public Sector section)

    Gallagher A. (2012) How nursing should tackle its image problem The Guardian 10/05/2012 (See

    Editorials in Nursing Ethics

    • Gallagher A. & Gannon C. (2018) Learning from Gosport: Deterring Institutional Deafness Nursing Ethics 25(6): 687-689
    • Gallagher A. & Jago R. (2018) Understanding professional misconduct: Snowflakes, stoics or organisational culture? 25(4): 415-417
    • Gallagher A. & Hodge D.A. (2018)  Gun Violence: Care Ethicists Making the Invisible Visible Nursing Ethics 25(1)
    • Gallagher A. (2017) What can we learn from the case of Charlie Gard? Perspectives from an inter-disciplinary panel discussion Nursing Ethics 24(7): 775-776
    • Gallagher A. (2017) What can we learn from the case of Charlie Gard (24)7:
    • Gallagher A. & Tschudin V. (2017) Celebrating exemplary ethical care: The Human Rights and Nursing Awards 24(6): 637-639
    • Gallagher A. (2017) Ethical leadership revisited: The value of sharing diverse perspective 24(5): 515-516
    • Gallagher A. & Christie I. (2017) Towards a Sustainable Care Utopia Nursing Ethics 24(4): 389-391
    • Gallagher A. (2017) The Good Enough Doctor Nursing Ethics 24(2): 123-4
    • Gallagher A, (2016) Highlights from the 2016 Conference Nursing Ethics 23 (7): 727-728
    • Gallagher A. (2016) Mindfulness, Moral Distress and Dementia Care Nursing Ethics 23 (6): 599-600
    • Gallagher A., Naden D. & Karterud D. (2016) Ethical aspects of Robots in Care Nursing Ethics 23 (4) 369-371
    • Gallagher A. (2016) The 'good' professional regulator: Superhero or adversary? Nursing Ethics 23 (3) 251-153
    • Gallagher A. (2016) What counts as 'ethics education?' Nursing Ethics 23 (2) 131
    • Gallagher A. (2016) The Nursing Ethics Heritage Project Nursing Ethics 23 (1) 3