Biography

Dr Charlotte Salter is Senior Lecturer in Consultation Skills at Norwich Medical School. As a social gerontologist she specialises in researching areas of health and social care of importance to older people. Since graduating and working for the eminent geriatrician Professor Peter Millard and getting a scholarship to study her masters in gerontology she has always aimed at making a difference to the lives of older people and have striven to do so through both her teaching and research. Charlotte is the principal investigator for a prestigious ESRC Seminar Series on the Sociology of Diagnosis www.sociologyofdiagnosis.com. This is a cross university (and continent) collaboration with colleagues in York, Exeter, Oxford, Cambridge and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is also Principal Investigator with Dr Yoon Loke on a European Seventh Framework Programme to look at the health literacy needs of older people in Europe www.irohla.eu.

Career History

  • Senior Lecturer Consultation Skills, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. University of East Anglia. May 2006 to July 2013
  • Lecturer Consultation Skills, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. University of East Anglia. May 2006 to August 2013
  • Senior Research Associate 2005 –2006
  • Health & Social Care Planning Officer for Older People 2000 – 2001
  • Freelance Researcher in Gerontology, Norfolk Social Services 2000
  • Research Assistant, Department of Social & Public Policy and Social Work, University of Kent 1997 – 1998
  • Consultancy Work 1993 – 1997
  • Research Officer, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent 1990 – 1993
  • Home Care Manager, Kent Social Services 1989 – 1990
  • Residential Social Work Assistant, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 1988 – 1989
  • Research Co-ordinator, Geriatric Department, St. George’s Hospital Medical School London 1986 - 1988

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Smith, T. O., McKenna, M. C., Salter, C., Hardeman, W., Richardson, K., Hillsdon, M., Hughes, C. A., Steel, N., Jones, A. P.

(2017)

A systematic review of the physical activity assessment tools used in primary care,

in Family Practice

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pp. 384-391

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Salter, B., Salter, C.

(2017)

Controlling new knowledge: Genomic science, governance and the politics of bioinformatics,

in Social Studies of Science

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pp. 263-287

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Salter, B., Zhou, Y., Datta, S., Salter, C.

(2016)

Bioinformatics and the politics of innovation in the life sciences: Science and the state in the United Kingdom, China, and India,

in Science, Technology, & Human Values

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pp. 793-826

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Brainard, J., Howard Wilsher, S., Salter, C., Loke, Y. K.

(2016)

Methodological review: quality of randomized controlled trials in health literacy,

in BMC Health Services Research

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article no. 246

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Bhattacharya, D., Aldus, C., Barton, G., Bond, C., Boonyaprapa, S., Charles, I., Fleetcroft, R., Holland, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Salter, C., Shepstone, L., Walton, C., Watson, S., Wright, D.

(2016)

The feasibility of determining the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medication organisation devices compared with usual care for older people in a community setting: systematic review, stakeholder focus groups and feasibility randomised controlled trial,

in Health Technology Assessment

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Brainard, J., Loke, Y., Salter, C., Koos, T., Csizmadia, P., Makai, A., Gacs, B., Szepes, M.

(2016)

Healthy ageing in Europe: prioritizing interventions to improve health literacy,

in BMC Research Notes

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article no. 270

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Semper, K., Notley, C., Salter, C., Hernon, J., Saxton, J.

(2016)

“We never thought exercise was doing us any good. It was just a natural part of living”: Sociocultural influences of physical activity in older adults,

in International Journal of Aging and Society

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pp. 23-31

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Howard Wilsher, S., Brainard, J., Salter, C., Loke, Y.

(2015)

How health literacy can contribute to the efforts to improve healthy diet,

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Brainard, J., Salter, C., Howard Wilsher, S., Loke, Y.

(2015)

Healthy Ageing in Europe: Prioritizing Interventions to improve Health Literacy,

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Geboers, B., Brainard, J. S., Loke, Y. K., Jansen, C. J. M., Salter, C., Reijneveld, S. A., de Winter, A. F.

(2015)

Erratum to: The association of health literacy with adherence in older adults, and its role in interventions: a systematic meta-review,

in BMC Public Health

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Geboers, B., Brainard, J., Loke, Y., Jansen, C. J., Salter, C., Reijneveld, S. A., de Winter, A. F.

(2015)

The association of health literacy with adherence in older 2 adults, and its role in interventions: a systematic meta-review,

in BMC Public Health

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article no. 903

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Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Poland, F., Cross, J.

(2015)

Challenging Social Cognition Models of Adherence: Cycles of Discourse, Historical Bodies, and Interactional Order,

in Qualitative Health Research

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pp. 283-294

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Kellett, J., Papageorgiou, A., Cavenagh, P., Salter, C., Miles, S., Leinster, S. J.

(2015)

The preparedness of newly qualified doctors - Views of Foundation doctors and supervisors,

in Medical Teacher

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pp. 949-954

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Salter, C., Brainard, J., Mcdaid, L., Loke, Y.

(2014)

Challenges and Opportunities: What Can We Learn from Patients Living with Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions, Health Professionals and Carers about the Concept of Health Literacy Using Qualitative Methods of Inquiry?,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e112041

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Bhattacharya, D., Salter, C., Aldus, C., Barton, G., Bond (Aberdeen), C., Charles, I., Fleetcroft, R., Holland, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L., Walton, C., Wright, D.

(2014)

Do not initiate medication organisation devices without prior detailed medication review and vigilant monitoring,

in British Medical Journal (BMJ)

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Smith, T. O., Purdy, R., Lister, S., Salter, C., Fleetcroft, R., Conaghan, P. G.

(2014)

Attitudes of people with osteoarthritis towards their conservative management: a systematic review and meta-ethnography,

in Rheumatology International

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pp. 299-313

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Smith, T., Purdy, R., Lister, S., Salter, C., Fleetcroft, R., Conaghan, P. G.

(2014)

Living with osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-ethnography.,

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

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pp. 441-452

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Salter, C., Mcdaid, L., Bhattacharya, D., Holland, R., Marshall, T., Howe, A., Newman, C. E. (ed.)

(2014)

Abandoned Acid? Understanding Adherence to Bisphosphonate Medications for the Prevention of Osteoporosis among Older Women: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study,

in PLoS ONE

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pp. e83552

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Salter, B., Salter, C.

(2013)

Bioethical ambition, political opportunity and the European governance of patenting: the case of human embryonic stem cell science,

in Social Science & Medicine

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pp. 286-292

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Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Cross, J., Smith, J., Poland, F.

(2013)

Resisting medications: Moral discourses and performances in illness narratives,

in Sociology of Health & Illness

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pp. 449-464

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Key Research Interests

  • Health and social care of older people
  • Medicine taking and adherence research in old age
  • Health Literacy and older people
  • Sociology of diagnosis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Qualitative systematic review
  • Healthcare communication
  • Empathy


As a social gerontologist in a medical school she is ideally placed to continue her work to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and to promote improvements to the quality of life and wellbeing of older people by contributing to knowledge and advances in healthy ageing. She is currently working with older people in the areas of adherence to osteoporosis medicine, health literacy and healthcare communication. She is also researching empathy in the medical consultation. All her work involves users and/or patient and public involvement. She is a member of the Local Support Network for Age & Ageing.

Charlotte is primarily a qualitative researcher although she is particularly keen that mixed methods are used where ever feasible. Charlotte’s expertise includes using discourse analysis, thematic analysis and framework analysis. More recently she has developed her use of qualitative systematic reviews and is writing a book chapter on this topic. 

Research Keywords

Ageing
Health literacy
Adherence
Sociology of diagnosis
Inequalities in care of older people
Health and social care of older people
Primary care and old age
Communication in health care
Physical activity, exercise and ageing

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision 

Ageing and the sociology of diagnosis
Ageing and health literacy
Ageing and preventive health care
Communicaiton, health and older people

Teaching Interests

Charlotte is lead for Year 1 and 2 Consultation Skills teaching and curriculum development and Deputy Lead for Consultation Skills across the whole MBBS. In addition she teaches on sociology of ageing, health literacy and qualitative research methods including writing up qualitative research and qualitative systematic review.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Norwich Medical School representation on the Norfolk Council on Ageing (2013)
  • External examiner York University (2013)
  • Member of UK Council of Clinical Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Member of UK Health Literacy Group

Key Responsibilities

As Deputy Senior Advisor Charlotte is responsible for: supporting the Lead in recruitment and training personal advisers; overall development of the student advisory service; attending Professionalism Committee; and, representing Norwich Medical School across the Faculty and beyond.

As Deputy Team Lead for Consultation Skills Charlotte’s administrative responsibilities include representing Consultation Skills at Assessment Group, Clinical Methods Group, and Curriculum Development & Design. Charlotte has also sat on Senate.