About me

There is a real challenge in trying to provide you with a sense of who I am in a short space because, like you, I am many different things. However I appreciate also how important it is for you to find out a little about me so here goes…….

The professional narrative is of an occupational therapist who worked in the NHS in clinical and managerial roles before moving into the voluntary sector. During the phase of my career the main focus of my work was on working with people with rheumatic conditions and also advising on assistive technologies and environmental design.

Whilst working in practice I decided that the only way to address a niggling clinical question was to meet it head on and embarked upon a PhD which was undertaken on a part-time basis. The niggling question? How well did patient reported outcome measures capture the things that were important to women living with rheumatic conditions? The approach to exploring this question? Stepping outside of a biomedical approach and into the social sciences studying within a department of social policy and adopting a qualitative approach to my research.

Having completed my PhD I moved into academia and, for 10 years, worked as a Senior Lecturer supporting health professionals undertaking postgraduate courses and supervising PhD students from a range of clinical backgrounds. I also developed a programme of research focused on different aspects of people’s experience of living with and managing rheumatic conditions. I subsequently moved to work at a more strategic level supporting the development of research capability across the 41NHS Trusts in the North West of England.

During this time I was inspired to undertake formal coaching training and am now a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and have developed a coaching practice with an emphasis on coaching women on a 1:1 and group basis.

Amongst other things I have developed and led postgraduate programmes, led workshops, published textbooks and academic papers, presented at small and large national and international conferences, served on national committees and working groups and organised and facilitated a wide range of workshops and conferences.

Of course there is more to me than my professional life. Other threads running through my life are creativity – I love working with textiles; nurturing things that grow including people, plants; contribution to my local community – I’ve organised a farmers market, music festivals and other arts related activities; nature – I was born in a farming community in the Cotswolds and love the outdoors; learning – I don’t think you ever stop and I certainly haven’t.

The words used most often to describe me are: positive; warm; enthusiastic; generous; intuitive; supportive; attentive; caring.

Professional profile

Prior to developing LG Personal Development I worked as Assistant Director at NHS R&D North West leading a programme of work focused on supporting the development of research capability within the 41 NHS Trusts across the region. This work focused specifically on supporting NHS based early career researchers from non-medical professions and comprised running a wide range of educational activities including workshops, conferences, webinars and the production of on-line resources. I also led the NIHR/Health Education England Internships programme for the northern region and a programme of leadership development to support service managers in leading cultures of research and innovation within their clinical teams.

I have over 10 years experience of working in academia, initially as a post-doctoral research fellow and then as a Senior Lecturer in the Management of Long Term Health Conditions. In this role I acted as a course leader for a Masters programme, doctoral supervisor and researcher. The outputs from my research can be viewed below along with the clinical textbooks I have published.

From a clinical perspective I worked in the NHS  as a basic grade in rotational posts before specialising in the management of rheumatic conditions. On leaving the NHS I managed, one of the first custom built Disabled Living Centres in the UK which was located within a user led voluntary organisation providing comprehensive regional advisory services to people with a wide range of complex needs and disabilities, their families and healthcare professionals. I was part of the senior management team and my clinical work comprised providing advice on assistive technologies and environmental design. I established 2 specialist regional services, one related to the assessment for high performance and powered wheelchairs and the other a specialist moving and handling service; worked with the commercial sector to establish a regional exhibition which became one of the largest regional exhibitions in the country (DNEX); and led a successful National Lottery-funded Project to establish a local user led access advisory service and resource library.

In all of my roles I have participated actively in the wider communities to which I have been a part. I have been involved actively in the work of the College of Occupational Therapists as member and chair of the editorial board of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, as chair of the COT Research & Development Board and as a member of the Council of COT.

Published research

If you would like to find out more about my formal academic publishing please open the link below. Alongside my publications I have given numerous oral presentations at regional, national and international conferences, written editorials for professional journals and news items for professional publications.

Published research


Goodacre L McArthur M. (eds). 2012 Occupational Therapy Practice in Rheumatology: Promoting Lifestyle Management. Wiley Blackwell.

Sandles L (Goodacre). 1990 Occupational Therapy and Rheumatology. An Holistic Approach. Chapman and Hall London.


Book Chapters

Carter B, Goodacre L. 2011. Using Evidence from Qualitative Studies In The Evidence-based Practice Manual for Nurses 3rd Edition J Craig, R Smyth (eds). Churchill Livingstone Elsevier

Goodacre L, Harkness J.2009 Occupational Therapy: treatment options in rheumatology. In Rheumatology K Dziedzic & A Hammond (eds). Oxford Elsevier

Goodacre L 2008 The Research Process. In Porter S ed. Tidys Physiotherapy. 14th Ed. Oxford Butterworth Heineman.


Published articles

Caton, S, Greenhalgh, F, Goodacre, L. (2016) Evaluation of a community dental service for homeless and ‘hard to reach’ people. British Dental Journal Vol 220: 67-70

Martindale, J, Kashefi, E, Goodacre, L (2015) An exploratory study of ageing with ankylosing spondylitis: ‘Same backdrop but a changing scene’. Musculoskeletal Care

Martindale, J, Goodacre, L. (2014) The journey to diagnosis in AS/axial SpA.  The impact of delay.  Musculoskeletal Care 07/2014

McArthur M, Birt L, Goodacre L.(2014) ‘Better not best’: A qualitative exploration of the challenges to occupational gain in people with inflammatory arthritis receiving antiTNFα treatment Disability and Rehabilitation 30 1-10

McArthur M, Birt L, Goodacre L. (2013) A narrative literature review of the impact of anti-TNFα treatment on the occupational performance of people with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 76(10) 456 – 469

Chilton-Mitchell L, Martindale J, Hart A, Goodacre L (2013) Normative values for the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index in a UK population. Rheumatology Nov; 52(11):2086-90

Farren W, Goodaclre L, Stignant M. (2013) Fatigue in Ankylosing Spondylitis: causes, consequences and self-management. Musculoskeletal Care.11 11 (1) 39-50

Sanders C, Goodacre L, Carter B. (2012) Parents need to protect: Influences, risks and tensions for parents of pre-pubertal children born with ambiguous genitalia. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 21 (21-22) 3315-23

Martindale J, Sutton C, Goodacre L.(2012) An exploration of the inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index Clinical Rheumatology 31,11 1627-1631

Sanders C, Goodacre L, Carter B. 2011 Searching for harmony. Parents’ narratives of their child’s genital ambiguity and reconstructive genital surgeries in childhood. Journal of Advanced Nursing

Goodacre L, Candy F. 2011. If I didn’t have RA I wouldn’t give them house room: the relationships between RA, footwear, and clothing choices. Rheumatology 50 (3): 513-517

Daniels T, Goodacre L, Sutton S, Pollard K, Watson R, Conway SP, Peckham DP (2011) Accurate assessment of adherence: Self and clinician report versus electronic monitoring of nebulizers Chest 140 (2) 425-32

Martindale J, Goodacre J, Goodacre L. 2010 Outcome of active disease in ankylosing spondylitis Musculoskeletal Care 8 (1) 10-17

Stockdale J, Goodacre L 2009 ‘It’s magic stuff’: the experiences of patients with ankylosing spondylitis taking anti-TNFα medication. Musculoskeletal Care 7 (3) 162-177

Sanders C, Goodacre L, Carter B. 2007 Parents’ narratives about their experiences of their child’s reconstructive genital surgeries for ambiguous genitalia. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol 17, (23): 3187-3195

Goodacre L, Smith J, Meddis D, Goodacre J 2007 Development and validation of a Measure of Activity Limitation. Rheumatology 46:703-708

Martindale J, Smith J, Sutton C, Grennan D, Goodacre L, Goodacre J. 2006 Disease and psychological status in Ankylosing Spondylitis. Rheumatology 45:1288 – 1293

Goodacre L 2006. Women’s Perceptions on Managing Chronic Arthritis. Br J Occupational Ther. Vol 69 (1) 7 – 14

Goodacre L Turner G 2005 The use of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology for adults supplied with Stairlifts. Br J Occupational Ther Vol. 68 (2) 93 – 96.

Goodacre L, Goodacre J. 2004 Factors that influence the beliefs of patients with rheumatoid arthritis regarding disease-modifying medication. Rheumatology 43:583 – 586

Goodacre L, Goodacre J. 2003 Negotiating the use of personal assistance by women with rheumatoid arthritis. Br. J Occupational Ther. Vol 66 (7) 297 – 302