Dr Huw Charles-Jones

GP Principal


  • BA University of Cambridge 1981
  • MBBS The London Hospital, University of London 1984
  • DCH (Diploma in Child Health) 1988
  • DRCOG (Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) 1988
  • MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners) 1989
  • MSc (Distinction) University of Keele 1998
  • PhD University of Manchester 2004 FRCGP (Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners) 2005


Dr Huw Charles-Jones qualified as a doctor in 1984 having trained at the Universities of Cambridge and London. He has been a GP principal at the Lache Health Centre, Chester since 2001 having previously been a GP principal at Upton Village Surgery, Chester for 9 years. He has also worked as a GP in New Zealand, Australia, and several other Chester and rural Cheshire practices. He had a short spell out of clinical practice as Research Training Fellow at the University of Manchester while he completed his PhD in 2004.

In 2006 Huw became a board member of the Practice Based Commissioning consortium for West Cheshire and in 2007 he joined the Professional Executive Committee of NHS Western Cheshire Primary Care. In January 2011 he was elected as chair of West Cheshire Health Clinical Commissioning Group. Prior to this he was the Medical Director of Western Cheshire Out of Hours service and the Named Doctor for Child Protection for NHS Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust. He has been a GP Trainer in the past and until recently was a GP Appraiser.



GP Trainer, Mersey Deanery (1995-1996 and 2003-7)

  • Named Doctor for Child Protection Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (2003-9)
  • Member of RCGP/NSPCC Working Group developing a Training, Guidance and Audit Tool for Safeguarding Children in General Practice (2007)
    • GP Appraiser for Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (2003-13)


  • MSc in Primary Care: Out of Hours work. An exploratory study to examine the impact of setting up a co-operative on a group of GPs and their families (1998)
  • Chester City Primary Care Group Research and Development Lead (2000-2)
  • North West Region NHS Executive Research and Development Training Fellow, The School of Primary Care, University of Manchester (2000-3)
  • PhD: Distributing and Redistributing Work in General Practice. What are the Consequences for General Practitioners, Nurses and Patients? (2004)
  • GP Researcher, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester (2004-5)
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester (2005-6)


Published work

  • Charles-Jones H, Houlker M. (1999), Out of Hours Work: The effect of setting up a general practitioner co-operative on general practitioners and their families. British Journal of General Practice, 15-6.
  • Charles-Jones H, Butler T. (2000), Healthcare providers in New Zealand and England could learn from each other [Letter]. British Medical Journal, 320: 514.
  • Charles-Jones H. (2000), Primary care groups and research [Letter]. British Journal of General Practice, 50: 505.
  • Dowrick C, Gask L, Hughes JG, Charles-Jones H, Hogg JA, Peters S, Salmon P, Rogers AR, Morriss RK (2008), General practitioners' views on reattribution for patients with medically unexplained symptoms: a questionnaire and qualitative study. BMC Fam Pract, 9:46
  • Charles-Jones H, Latimer J, May C. (2003), Transforming general practice: the redistribution of work in primary care. Sociology of Health and Illness, 25: 71-92.
  • Charles-Jones H, May C, Latimer J, Roland M. (2003), Telephone triage by nurses in primary care: what is it for and what are the consequences likely to be? Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 8: 154-159. (2003 RCGP and Boots the Chemist Research Paper of the Year Award: Highly Commended).
  • Nixon D, Charles-Jones H, Saunders T, Tanner D, Jackson B. (2003), Managing mental health in primary care: a partnership approach. Primary Care Mental Health, 1: 81-88.
  • Miller JS, Charles-Jones HD, Thurston M, Barry A, Saunders T. (2005) Multi-disciplinary primary care mental health teams: a challenge to communication. Primary Care Mental Health, 3: 171-80.
  • Morriss R, Dowrick C, Salmon P, Peters S, Rogers A, Dunn G, Lewis B, Charles-Jones H, Hogg J, Clifford R.(2006), Turning theory into practice: rationale, feasibility and external validity of an exploratory randomized controlled trial of training family practitioners in reattribution to manage patients with medically unexplained symptoms (the MUST). General Hosp Psychiatry, 28: 343-51.
  • Morriss R, Dowrick C, Salmon P, Peters S, Dunn G, Rogers A, Lewis B, Charles-Jones H, Hogg J, Clifford R, Rigby C, Gask L (2007), Cluster randomised controlled trial of training practices in reattribution for medically unexplained symptoms.Br J Psychiatry, 191:536-42.