Dr Goddard has overall responsibility for clinical and professional affairs at the RCP.
Dr Goddard grew up in Plymouth and South East London before qualifying at Cambridge in 1990. He was a houseman and SHO in the East Anglia region, working in Norwich, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. He then moved to Nottingham to do his MD which was on Helicobacter pylori treatment, and then was on the Mid-Trent gastroenterology training rotation working in Nottingham, Lincoln and Derby. He was appointed as a consultant physician to the Derby City Hospital (now called the Royal Derby Hospital) in 2001.
He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and review articles and is the lead author for two national guidelines. His current research interests are iron deficiency anaemia, Barrett’s oesophagus and bowel cancer screening. His main clinical interests are inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer screening – he is clinical lead for the Derbyshire bowel screening programme.
He first got involved with the Royal College of Physicians in 2003 when he was elected onto the New Consultants Committee which he chaired between 2005 and 2007. He was director of the Medical Workforce Unit between 2008 and 2013, and as College EWTD lead in early 2009. During this time he oversaw the RCP’s annual census of consultant physicians and registrars. He also introduced annual monitoring of CCT holders and led the RCP report The Medical Registrar.
He became RCP registrar in January 2014.