Julie Orr



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Personal profile


health improvement, physical activity, experiential learning, brief interventions, long term conditions management

Area of academic expertise - outline

As a registered specialist practitioner in general practice nursing my background includes long term conditions management and health empowerment. I am passionate about the health benefits of physical activity promotion and my Masters dissertation examined “An exploration of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses’ experience of promoting physical activity in clinical practice to help inform future practice” with a constructivist grounded theory research approach.

I work/have worked in partnership with external colleagues at Scottish Government, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, NHS Health Improvement (Allied health professionals), NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Physical Activity Health Alliance and health and Well being NHS D&G to drive physical activity awareness forward.

I have been an external reviewer for undergraduate physical activity resouces for Nottingham University.

Current research activities

I am currently the principal investigator researching how to develop and evaluate a programme of fitness interventions with pre-registration nursing students. Other’s in the team are Sue McGrouther and Marie McCaig along with an external partner Chris Topping. As part of this action research, physical activity community engagement, has been embedded within the year 3 pre-registration nursing programme.


Desired research direction

I am particularly interested in experiential learning in relation to physical activity as I am passionate about promoting physical activity awareness within health and social care. Reducing the burden of risk factors for mortality and morbity Globally and supporting individuals to self-manage long term conditions is where I see my future.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

29 Jun 2020 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

… → 31 Oct 2013


  • RT Nursing


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