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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

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

… → 31 Oct 2013


  • RT Nursing

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Research Output 2013 2016

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

Self Care
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Focus Groups

Adjustment to the need for an ICD

McCaig, M., Orr, J., Snowden, A., Collins, G., Thomson, A. & Marland, G. 11 Mar 2014 In : British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 9, 3, p. 117-121 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Adjustment
Implantable Defibrillators
Equipment and Supplies
Blood Vessels
Nurse's Role

Seven minutes a day to improve your life

Orr, J. 6 Aug 2014 In : Nursing Standard. 28, 49, p. 28-28 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research Personnel

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Physical activity

Orr, J. (Speaker)
6 Jan 2016

Activity: Invited talk

Active Workplaces

Orr, J. (Speaker)
23 Jun 201524 Jun 2015

Activity: Oral presentation

Fitness Intervention Taskforce

Orr, J. (Speaker)
30 Jun 2015

Activity: Oral presentation