Rodger Charlton is a GP principal & senior partner in Hampton-in-Arden Surgery and from 1st September 2016 took up post as Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care Education at Leicester Medical School. He remains an active GP in Hampton-in-Arden in the West Midlands where he is also both a GP Trainer and VTS Training Programme Director.

He has completed 9 textbooks including; Compassion; Compassion, Continuity and Caring in the NHS.” (2015 RCGP Publishing) & Charlton, R. “Primary Palliative Care: Dying, Death & Bereavement in the Community” Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd, Oxford, UK.

Study in Theology has included;

  • 1982 – Certificate in Theology (Birmingham University)*
  • 1987 – MPhil (Nottingham University)**
  • 1989 – BA (Open University, Milton Keynes)***
  • 1990 – Ordained United Reformed Church (non-stipendiary minister)***

*Modules; Old Testament, New Testament, Doctrine and Worship

**Supervisor – Prof J Heywood Thomas, Theology Dept, Thesis – Medical Ethics in Terminal Care & Leukaemia.” 177pp.

***Modules included Man’s Religious Quest, Victorian Religion & URC Aux Minister Training

He continues to take URC services in and around Solihull, West Midlands and since 1995 he has been the Medical Officer, United Reformed Church, London.

Outside of work he is a keen cricketer both as a life member of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, as a leg spin bowler for his village cricket team and a league umpire.



Charlton, R. Spiritual need of the dying and bereaved – views from the UK and New Zealand. Journal of Palliative Care. 1992; 8(4): 38-40.

Charlton, R. Stress in the Ministry. Connect West Midlands (The newsletter of the West Midlands URC Synod). 2005; Autumn. 10.

Charlton, R. New Directions – Introducing the Humanities into Health Care. The International Journal of the Humanities. 2007; 5(5): 25-33.

Charlton, R., Rolph, J., Francis, L.J., Rolph, P., Robbin, M. Clergy Work-Related Psychological Health. Pastoral Psychology. 2009; 58: 133–149.

Rolph, J., Francis, L.J., Charlton, R., Robbins, M., Rolph, P. Women ministers of word and sacrament within the United Reformed Church: a health check. Journal of Beliefs & Values. 2011; 32(1): 19–32.

Charlton, R. Discussion Paper: Spiritual pain at end-of-life in a changing world. The Hong Kong Practitioner. 2014; 36(3): 107-112.

Charlton, R. Ministerial stress and how to beat it. Reform. 2019; April: 31-32.

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