Dr Judy Purton

Senior Lecturer and Professional Practice Placement Coordinator

School of Health Sciences

E: j.purton@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 87 6345



I became a full-time lecturer in physiotherapy in 2003, when I came to York St John.  I teach across both the BHSc and MSc (pre-registration) physiotherapy programmes, and also post-graduate modules.  My main interests lie in neurology and, in particular, stroke.  In my role as placement coordinator I liaise with external partners in healthcare to procure placements for all the physiotherapy students, and to support students and clinical educators throughout the placement experience.

Before moving into lecturing I was a clinical team leader in neurosciences in a large hospital trust, leading a team in stroke rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-surgical intensive care, and spinal injuries. Prior to this I held a variety of senior physiotherapy positions, including wheelchairs and special seating, stroke rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, elderly care and musculoskeletal out-patients.


My main teaching responsibilities are in anatomy and physiology, neurology, management of falls, reflective practice, evidence-based practice, and preparation for professional practice placement.  I also supervise undergraduate and post-graduate students undertaking research.

Professional Activities

Professional Membership and Committees:

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council
  • Member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology
  • Member of the Physiotherapy Research Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


My research interests lie in stroke.  I completed my doctoral thesis in 2016 – ‘Stroke survivors’ experiences of upper limb Dysfunction: a longitudinal, exploratory study’.

I am involved in a team conducting research into self-management and MS.

I am an inaugural member of the Applied Clinical Research in Neuro-rehabilitation Group at Keele University.



Purton J, Golledge J (2007) Establishing an Effective Quantity of Physiotherapy after Stroke: a discussion, International Journal Therapy and Rehab, (14): 7; 318-321.

Conference presentations

Purton J, Hunter SM, Sim J (2015) Hopes and Expectations for recovery of the upper limb: a qualitative study of stroke survivors’ experiences. Physio UK, Liverpool (presentation and poster).

Poster Presentations

Purton J, Hunter SM, Sim J (2015) A longitudinal exploration of stroke survivors’ experiences of upper limb dysfunction. UK Stroke Forum Conference, Liverpool.

Purton J, Hunter SM, Sim J (2012) The effect of upper limb dysfunction on self-concept after stroke: a narrative review.  Physiotherapy Research Society Scientific Meeting, Sheffield.

Purton J, Perry N, Thompson G, Hunter SM (2010) The upper limb after stroke: a focus group to explore areas of interest to stroke survivors. UK Stroke Forum Conference, Glasgow.

Purton J, (2008) The Perceived Benefits to Stroke Survivor’s and Carers from Attending a Stroke Association Drop-in Service UK Stroke Forum, Harrogate.

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