Dr Roger Newham RN SHEA

Roger Newham

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Senior Lecturer
Deputy Programme Director BNurs and Lead for Adult Nursing

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Roger Newham is senior lecturer and adult nursing field of practice lead.

Roger Newham is a Registered Nurse (Adult) with a clinical background in the Operating Theatre and then HIV and Infection Control and Prevention. His academic background is in moral philosophy applied to medicine and nursing and implications for clinical practice. 


  • DMedEth University of Keele, 2011 (Examiners: Professor Steven Wilkinson and Dr Roger Crisp St Anne’s College Oxford)
  • MA (Philosophy) University of London, 1999
  • BA (Hons), Open University, 1997
  • CLTHE (Post Graduate)
  • Dip Infection Control
  • Registered Nurse (California, USA) 1991
  • Registered Nurse (UK) 1989


As well as other modules on pre-qualifying and post qualifying nursing and post graduate courses.

Other activities


  • The Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network (IEEN)
  • The British Philosophical Association
  • The International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS)
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (PRII 9460) 11/12/16


  • British Journal of Nursing
  • British Journal of Community Nursing
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Nursing Philosophy
  • Nursing Ethics

Consultancy work

  • Virtues in Nursing 2015/16 part of a project on virtues in the professions Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Birmingham University
  • Consultant Editor for the Journal Nursing Ethics.

Invitation to speak

  • University of Oxford (TORCH) Contexts for compassion in healthcare: exploring visions of the good. Comment on existing literature on compassion. September 30th 2014.


Recent publications


Newham, R, Hewison, A, Neilson, S & Afoko, V 2022, 'Moral distress experienced by neonatal intensive and paediatric care nurses in northern Ghana: a qualitative study', Journal of Research in Nursing, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 519-529. https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871221122022

Newham, R & Hewison, A 2021, 'Covid-19, ethical nursing management and codes of conduct: an analysis', Nursing Ethics, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 82-90. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733020988316

Graves, J, Boyal, A, Shields, T, Newham, R, Hewison, A & Terry, L 2021, 'Human rights education in palliative care – an evaluation of a national training programme', International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 437-451. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-08-2020-0066

Newham, R, Hewison, A, Graves, J & Boyal, A 2021, 'Human rights education in patient care: A literature review and critical discussion', Nursing Ethics, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 190-209. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733020921512

Terry, L & Newham, R 2021, 'Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice', Nursing Standard, vol. 36, no. 8, e11490. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2020.e11490

Ferkaney, M & Newham, R 2020, 'A comparison of approaches to virtue for nursing ethics', Ethical Perspectives, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 427-457. https://doi.org/10.2143/EP.26.3.3287341

Newham, R 2020, 'Morality, normativity and measuring moral distress', Nursing Philosophy, vol. 22, no. 1, e12319. https://doi.org/10.1111/nup.12319

Choudhary, T & Newham, R 2020, 'The Advanced Clinical Practice (Pharmacy) Role and its Implementation to Practice in England', Pharmacy Education.

Brown, P, Newham, R & Hewison, A 2020, 'To explore the experience of research nurses who obtain consent from adults in emergency settings to participate in clinical trials, either prospectively or post enrolment.', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 15-16, pp. 3054-3063. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15339

Brown, P, Hewison, A & Newham, R 2019, 'What are research nurses’ experiences of obtaining consent from or for patients participating in emergency care research? A qualitative review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 28, no. 23-24, pp. 4155-4165. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14984

Newham, R, Terry, L, Atherley, S, Hahessy, S, Yolanda, B-M, Evans, M, Ferguson, K, Carr, G & Cedar, SH 2017, 'A moral profession: Nurse educators’ selected narratives of care and compassion', Nursing Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733016687163

Terry, L, Newham, R, Hahessy, S, Atherley, S, Babenko-Mould, Y, Evans, M, Ferguson, K, Carr, G & Cedar, SH 2017, 'A research-based mantra for compassionate caring', Nurse Education Today, vol. 58, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.07.012

Newham, R & Terry, L 2017, 'An adaptable instrument and method for exploring care and compassion', Nurse Researcher, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 8-12. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2017.e1451

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Newham, R 2017, Evidence based ethics. in A Papanikitas & J Spicer (eds), Handbook of Primary Care Ethics. CRC Press.

Review article

Delmaczynska, E & Newham, R 2018, 'To explore the prevalence and outcomes of advance care planning for patients with left ventricular assist devices: a review', Journal of Clinical Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14748

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