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No one achieves change alone

Nurse researcher Claire Goodman on how she's made her career one of the most satisfying parts of her life through hard work, conviction and a helping hand
Claire Goodman

For nurse researcher Claire Goodman, one of the most memorable nursing moments was as a student in the early 1980s.

‘My department received a thank-you card from a relative saying I had made a difference,’ she explains.

‘It gave me encouragement and made me realise I had chosen the right career.’


The former district nurse is now a professor of healthcare research at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care – a post she has held for ten years.

She is the centre’s research lead for the older people’s research programme, which involves developing bids and carrying out research that focuses mainly on the care of older people at home and in care homes.

Positive affirmations

Professor Goodman’s areas of research have included continence and bowel care, public and community engagement to boost awareness of dementia, end of life


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