About me


It’s a challenge to provide a sense of who I am in a short space because, like you, I am many different things. However I appreciate it’s important so here goes…….

I’m a personal coach, writer, researcher and Occupational Therapist who has worked in the public and voluntary sectors before developing my coaching practice.

I have over many years supported women from all walks of life as they have navigated living with long-term illness, embarked upon postgraduate study and developed as health professionals and researchers.

Throughout my career I’ve witnessed first hand the amazing power, contribution and aspirations of women but I have also experienced the barriers and challenges we face. I understand what it’s like to hang on to our sense of self and meet our own needs as we juggle multiple roles.

I’ve experienced, on a personal level, what happens when we connect with what really matters to us and work from our strengths, stop looking outwards to who other people want us to be and look inwards to become our own person. Supporting women on this journey is what drew me to train as a personal coach and establish my own practice.

Informed by my training as an Occupational Therapist a golden thread which runs through my life and work is the connection between what we do, how we show up day-to-day and who we become. It’s not only about the ‘doing’ but also about the ‘being’ and the ‘becoming’.

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; CONTRIBUTION to my community – I’ve organised a farmers market, music festivals and other arts activities; NATURE – I was born in a rural community 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.


If you would like to find out more about my formal academic publishing please open the link below.

Academic publications


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