After graduating, I worked initially as a laboratory technician and demonstrator for the Nursing degree course in the School of Biological Science at Oxford Brookes University. Following teacher training, I was employed as a Nurse Tutor at Buckinghamshire College of Nursing and Midwifery, based at Stoke Mandeville hospital (validated initially by Oxford Brookes and latterly the University of Luton). Whilst there I researched the nursing students’ physical activity habits, physical fitness and attitudes to physical activity & fitness, which led to my MPhil with Oxford Brookes.
Since being employed at UEA I have enjoyed a variety of roles including programme development & leadership (common learning programme coordinator, pre-registration nursing course director, Interprofessional Learning programme, MSc Lifestyle Behaviour & Health), module development & leadership (Tissue Viability, Training the Trainers, Integrated sciences) and chaired the NAM evaluation group. I have pioneered the use of e-learning to enhance teaching (eg Blackboard, MasteringAandP) and implemented practical physiology clinics to enhance bioscience learning within the School.
- Laboratory Technician & Demonstrator, School of Biological & Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, 1989-1993
- Nurse Tutor, Buckinghamshire College of Nursing & Midwifery, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, 1993-1996
- Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Healthcare and Social Studies, University of Luton Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, 1996-2000
- Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 2000-date
- BSc (Hons.) Human Biology, Oxford Polytechnic, 1989
- City & Guilds 730, Oxford College of FE, 1993
- MPhil. Oxford Brookes University, 2004
Biosciences in nurse education: is the curriculum fit for practice? Lecturers’ views and recommendations from across the UK,
in Journal of Clinical Nursing
pp. 2797–2806Full Text UEA Repository
Can weight-related health risk be more accurately assessed by BMI, or by gender specific calculations of Percentage Body Fatness?,
in Medical Hypotheses
pp. 656-662Full Text UEA Repository
Involving students in Inter-Professional Learning: Should it be compulsory for all? (poster presentation),
Use of Blackboard to facilitate discussion within an EBL nursing curriculum: a pilot study (poster presentation),
An exploration of issues relating ot the biological sciences in nurse education and nursing practice (verbal presentation),
Developing practical nursing skills,
Key Research Interests
I am particularly interested in the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, body composition and health and am working with staff across the UEA to further develop this. I have also presented at conference on the topics of interprofessional learning, enquiry based learning and innovative ways of teaching bioscience and applying to health care.
My MPhil was entitled ‘Inter-relationships between habitual physical activity patterns and physical fitness among nursing students: Influences of attitude and lifestyle’.
This cross-sectional, field-based study assessed the current physical activity patterns and physical fitness of newly recruited diploma nursing students. In addition, the study explored psychological and sociological factors that may influence physical activity habits and thus physical fitness.
Goacher PJ, Lambert R, Moffatt PG Can weight-related health risk be more accurately assessed by BMI, or my gender specific calculations of Percentage Body Fatness? Medical Hypotheses (2012)
Contributor to: Clancy J. & McVicar A. Physiology and anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners 3rd Edition (2009) Hodder Arnold
Contributor to: Baillie L. (Ed.) Developing practical nursing skills 2nd Edition Arnold (2005)
Contributor to: Clancy J. & McVicar A. Physiology and anatomy: A homeostatic approach 2nd Edition Arnold (2002)
Contributor to: Baillie L. (Ed.) Developing practical nursing skills Arnold (2001)
Goacher P.J. Prevalence of overweight among young women commencing nurse training Norwich Centre for Preventive Medicine Symposium 2007. Norwich.
Goacher P.J. & Kinch R.F.T. Prevalence of overweight among young women commencing nurse training British Association for the Study of Obesity Conference 2004. London.
Goacher P.J. Involving students in Inter-Professional Learning: Should it be compulsory for all? Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education National Conference 2004. London.
Goacher P.J. Use of Blackboard to facilitate discussion within an EBL nursing curriculum: a pilot study Association of Learning Based on a Process of Enquiry Conference 2003. University of Manchester.
Goacher P.J., Clancy J. & McVicar A. An exploration of issues relating to the biological sciences in nurse education and nursing practice. Nurse Education Tomorrow Annual International Participative Conference 2001. University of Durham.
Goacher P.J. Predicting aerobic power of female nursing students using the 20 metre progressive shuttle-run test. Sport & Exercise Sciences Student Conference University of Portsmouth 1998
Principally applied anatomy and physiology to health care professionals & Labtutor physiology clinics.
Teaching within the following post registration units/modules with the school: Applied Bioscience for Nurses, Applied Tissue Viability, A74 Training the Trainers (Physiology Underpinning Care Delivery), Care of the Patient with Dementia, Care & Management of Leg Ulcers, Clinical Studies, Coronary Heart Disease in Primary Care, Diabetes Care, ENT, Family planning and Reproductive Health, Gastroenterology, Integrated Sciences, Neonatal Nursing, Nutrition, Oncology, Pain Management, Pathophysiology, Rheumatology, Travel Health, Tissue Viability Core.
Across the faculty, interprofessional learning (educational facilitator), collaborative teaching (Obesity study day)
- Member of national Bioscience in Nursing Education Special Interest Group