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Dr Charlotte Brooks BSc Occupational Therapy, PhD

Macmillan AHP cancer rehabilitation lead, Teaching Fellow

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Charlotte (Lotty) Brooks is the Macmillan Cancer Rehabilitation lead and Teaching Fellow.

It is important to empower patients to access, understand and use health information to take control of their healthcare.

This is a Macmillan funded clinical academic position and a collaboration between the University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton. The aim of this role is to develop cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services and to ensure these concepts are embedded within the Health Sciences curricula. Prior to taking up this post, Charlotte worked as a research fellow for the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG) on the YoDA BRCA project which involved developing an online decision aid about genetic testing for young women with breast cancer. Charlotte also recently completed a clinical academic doctoral research fellowship. This involved using qualitative methodology to identify the facilitators and barriers to meeting older adults’ health literacy needs in clinical practice. Health literacy is about patients’ ability to access, understand and use information for health. Charlotte is an occupational therapist and obtained a BSc degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton in 2011. Charlotte believes in the importance of developing clinically relevant research, with a focus on enhancing the quality and effectiveness of healthcare provision.


Oct 2016 – present

Macmillan AHP cancer rehabilitation lead and teaching fellow

University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton

Oct 2015 – Oct 2016

Research fellow, Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

University of Southampton

Oct 2011 – May 2016

Clinical academic doctoral research fellowship and occupational therapist

University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust


BSc in Occupational Therapy

Research interests

Health literacy, cancer rehabilitation and survivorship, self-management, decision making and decision aids.

PhD research

Supervised by: Prof Jo Adams, Dr Claire Ballinger and Prof Don Nutbeam

Thesis title: Facilitators and barriers to meeting the needs of and development of health literacy in an older adult population

  • Qualitative interviews with older adults and focus groups with healthcare professionals
  • Completed in May 2016

Research projects

  • Current: Developing cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services and evaluating how well cancer rehabilitation and survivorship is embedded within the curricula
  • YoDA BRCA: Development and pilot testing of a web-based Genetic Testing Decision Aid for young women newly diagnosed with early stage breast cancer
  • Doctoral thesis: Exploring the facilitators and barriers to meeting older adults’ health literacy needs in clinical practice

Research group

Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care

Affiliate research groups

Southampton health literacy group, Member of the WUN health literacy group

  • Academic mentor to PhD students
  • Health literacy consultancy service
  • Facilitator for Council for Allied Health Professionals Research Network (CAHPRN)




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  • Co-lead for health literacy mini module for OT students
  • Lecturing for following modules: AHP research methods, pain module, healthy discussions, midwifery evidence-based practice




Dr Charlotte Brooks
Health Science, Building 67, Room 2011, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8478

Room Number: 67/4003

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