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Julie Orr



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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.

External positions

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

29 Jun 2020 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

… → 31 Oct 2013


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Research Output

Gastric aspiration

McGrouther, S. & Orr, J., May 2019, Clinical Skills for Nursing Adults : Step by Step. Wright, W., Newcombe, P. & Everett, F. (eds.). SAGE Publications, p. 114-118 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Raising awareness about physical activity: pre-registrations student's action research finding

Orr, J., McGrouther, S., McCaig, M. & Topping, C., 7 Nov 2019, In : Physiotherapy Research and Reports. 2, 2, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Embedding physical activity for health in student learning in practice

    Orr, J., McGrouther, S., McCaig, M. & Topping, C., 26 Oct 2016, p. 62-62. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • A critical analysis of practice nurses' experiences of self-management in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Hamid, S., Orr, J. & Lyttle, P., Jun 2014. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Invited talk

    Pre-registration nursing and access to general practice -impact on the GPN workforce.

    Julie Orr (Speaker)

    17 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Physical activity

    Julie Orr (Speaker)

    6 Jan 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Fitness Intervention Taskforce

    Julie Orr (Speaker)

    30 Jun 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Active Workplaces

    Julie Orr (Speaker)

    23 Jun 201524 Jun 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Physical activity and Nurses

    Julie Orr


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment