Professor Rodger Charlton

Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care Education


Professor Rodger Charlton is a GP, Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care Education at Leicester Medical School and an Honorary Professor of Medical Education at Swansea University. He has a keen interest in Medical Education, both teaching Undergraduates, as a GP Trainer and also a Training Programme Director for the Solihull & East Birmingham Vocational Training Scheme with a particular interest in end-of-life care and compassion.

Career to Date

Professor Charlton qualified (MB ChB) from Birmingham, UK, in 1983 and then completed an MPhil thesis in Medical Ethics. Shortly afterwards he became a part-time Lecturer in General Practice at Nottingham University. In 1991-2, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Otago Medical School, New Zealand, researching into the perceived needs of undergraduates in palliative medicine education towards his MD thesis. In 1994 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care at Keele University. In 2001 he was awarded the RCGP John Fry Award. In 2003 he became the Director of GP Undergraduate Medical Education at Warwick Medical School and an Associate Clinical Professor. In 2011 he moved to be professor of medical education at Swansea Medical School and a in 2012 he moved to Nottingham Medical School where he came Director of the Primary Care Education Unit. He was appointed to Leicester on 1st September 2017 where he is very excited by their new curriculum and its increased focus on primary care.

He was the Honorary Editor of RCGP Publications from 2001 to 2016 and is a member of the editorial board of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

His is External Examiner at Oxford Brookes University Masters in Clinical Education (since 2014) and at Manchester University Medical School (since 2012)

He remains an active GP. He received a national bronze clinical excellence award in 2008 and 2013. His latest book is; "Compassion; Compassion, Continuity and Caring in the NHS."
(2015 RCGP Publishing). He has completed 7 textbooks including; "Primary Palliative Care: Dying, Death & Bereavement in the Community" Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd.

Work as a GP & a Medical Educator

Two things matter to him most: caring for patients and the profession, from student to retirement.

The Royal College of General Practitioners shares his priorities, enshrined in its motto, Cum Scientia Caritas. He writes; we need "knowledge and caring" in the consultation, staff room, appraisal meeting, professional development and training. Patients need our knowledge and our care. So do colleagues.

He first sat at a GP desk as a trainee in Ecclefechan, Scotland, moving onto an eight-year urban multi-partner practice spell, Derby, before taking up his current post in a semi-rural W.Midlands practice in 1995. Initially single-handed, after 5 years he was joined by a former trainee with whom he believes he has a mutually sustaining and stimulating professional partnership. His team delights in the recognition of being voted Solihull "Primary care service of the year"(2015)

He writes;

Early on, I realised that I thrive on educating and encouraging others. I now find myself Professor of Primary Care Education at Leicester Medical School, a VTS training programme director, GP Appraiser, medical editor/writer and experienced public speaker. I get the same satisfaction supporting a local sixth former become an inspired GP as I do spotting the sick child. Seeing our Practice Nurse win "Queen's Nurse" award, my partner rise through the ranks of HEE/RCGP Offices and "struggling" registrars develop as GPs is equally, if differently, rewarding as visiting my patient of 20 years in their last illness.

At Leicester, he leads the undergraduate GP curriculum, where their novel programme devotes maximum time to primary care. Many Leicester graduates choose local General Practice; it is his great privilege to teach, inspire and nurture them.

He writes;
Being a GP trainer since 1997, leading the Solihull & E.Birmingham VTS programme for 10 years, allows me to shape/educate our future workforce. I particularly enjoy having foundation years and registrars in our practice, mentoring them through the formidable difficulties faced by junior doctors.

In relation to the NHS he writes;
I believe ardently in the NHS and General Practice with concern for the future of both. I worry about experienced GPs seeking early retirement, demoralised juniors, inadequate resources and a diminishing workforce for our patients.

My research is into improving community palliative care and training compassionate doctors. Please see my book, 'Compassion, Continuity and Caring in the NHS'. My Presidential goal? To enable GPs and trainees to prioritise compassion for themselves, their colleagues and patients in the face of current pressures.

He believes very much in medical education and tomorrow's doctors, the words of Socrates;
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

Experience through Publications relating to General Practice


  • Author of 7 Textbooks
  • Editor of 2 Books
  • 4 Chapters in Books

Online Modules

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  • 84 papers & articles in peer reviewed medical journals
  • (Principal and lead author in 71 of these papers) [In Press] - 1
  • 4 Short Articles in BMJ Careers Focus.
  • 12 News and Views. InnovAiT: RCGP Journal for Associates in Training. 2008
  • 17 Papers presented at national medical conferences
  • 230 Papers, articles & letters in non-refereed medical journals / GP Magazines
  • 20 Papers presented at international medical conferences


  • 64Letters in refereed medical journals (& 14 eBMJ letters)
  • 14 BMJ Careers Focus letters (British Medical Journal)


  • 17 Invited Conference Presentations & Meetings
  • 11 Posters presented at international medical conferences


Previous Research Posts held

2010 - 2012: Principal Investigator & Lead for Feasibility of RCGP revalidation process for GPs working in Secure Environments Revalidation Pilot in England funded by the RCGP.

2009 - 2012: Principal Investigator & Lead for Feasibility of RCGP revalidation process for GPs working in England and Wales funded by the RCGP.

Current Research Questions


Work-Life Balance

He say that it is important to have a passion outside of medicine, as well as being passionate about medicine. His passion is his family and in his spare time watching and playing cricket where he is Chairman of his local village cricket club having been captain in the past and is currently a right arm leg spin bowler in the team. He is an ECB Level II cricket coach and Level I umpire.

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