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Professor John Goodacre


John Goodacre

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 592775


Professor John Goodacre is Professor of Musculoskeletal Science and lead for Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty  of Health of Medicine, and Clinical Director of the NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network for Cumbria & Lancashire. He is lead convenor of the Cumbria & Lancashire Musculoskeletal Specialty Group, and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology at the Blackpool Teaching Hopsitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is a member of the North West Coast AHSN Shadow Board, and leads the AHSN's Strategic Partnerships workstream. He is a member of the Bionow strategy review group, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary programme of research and innovation in musculoskeletal health

I lead a programme of NHS / University collaborative research and innovation in Musculoskeletal Health, involving:

  • Academic supervision for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship (Dr Jane Martindale), whose programme of work on life-course studies  in ankylosing spondylitis has achieved national recognition. Jane’s work  has been published and presented at the BSR, ACR and other major conferences, and also formed the basis for a secondment to the University for a junior physiotherapist from her NHS Trust to gain experience and mentoring in musculoskeletal research.  Jane is also providing input into professional and governmental bodies to advise on a range of strategy and policy initiatives around ankylosing spondylitis.


The success of Dr Martindale’s Lectureship has led her employing NHS Trust to configure a highly-innovative clinical academic post, in partnership with the University, to enable Dr Martindale to continue her research, service innovation and further professional development  with Lancaster University when her NIHR clinical lectureship ends in 2014.


  • Chief Investigator for a multi-partner project on acoustic emission as an assessment tool and biomarker for knee osteoarthritis, which was awarded MRC funding (£0.6M) this year.  The project involves collaboration between three universities, NHS primary and secondary care organisations across Lancashire, and Industry. Four staff have been appointed to deliver the first year of the project, which will commence in January 2014. Two further appointments will be made during 2014 to deliver the second phase of the project.


  • Collaboration with University and NHS colleagues in Lancaster and Liverpool (Musculoskeletal; Neurology) for a work stream of applied and translational research on “Management of Complex Needs”, which forms part of the work of the new NWC CLAHRC.


  • Collaboration with colleagues in six other leading UK universities  to establish  an MRC/ARUK Centre for Work in Musculoskeletal Conditions. The full proposal is currently being considered for funding. If successful, Lancaster University will provide the focus and co-ordination for NW region’s input into the work of the Centre.

Additional Information

Knowledge Exchange in Health & Medicine  

I provide leadership for  strategy development , planning and delivery of the University’s growing programme of knowledge exchange (KE) in health and medicine, and am responsible (with Jane O’Brien, Head of CETAD) for delivery of the Faculty’s HEIF5 budget(£1m, 2010-14) to support this.

Through HEIF5 funding, Jane and I have established a Faculty platform for research, innovation, CPD and professional development  to facilitate and support strategic collaborations and partnerships with public and private sector organisations, including the NHS.

As part of the KE programme, I have established the Lancashire and Cumbria Clinical Research Hub as a formal partnership between the University and 6 local NHS Trusts, and I lead a team of 6 staff to deliver the work of the Hub.

I have lead responsibility for linking the KE programme to other key regional and national networks, including the NIHR CRN, NWC AHSN and NWC CLAHRC , as well as the N8 Industry Innovation Forum. 

National Institute for Health Research Cumbria & Lancashire CLRN

As Clinical Director (0.5 FTE) I have led the CLRN (£6.1m budget, >250 staff) through its consistently successful performance since 2007. Cumbria & Lancashire is the only CLRN in the country to have achieved a year on year increase in budget since the NIHR CRN was introduced in 2007.

NHS England North West Coast Academic Health Science Network

I have played an active role in shaping and establishing the NWC AHSN over the past year, and have been a member of the AHSN Shadow board during this time. I have also set up and led the NWC AHSN Industry Liaison group, which has developed a framework for industry engagement with the AHSN. I have recently been appointed medical director (0.5 FTE) of the NWC AHSN, and have begun to take up some of these responsibilities.

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