Gillian Turner

Nursing and Allied Health

My background is in paediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant and latterly in public health as a school nurse. I am passionate about children and young people’s health and wellbeing, and have led school nurse service improvements relating to sex and relationships education, obesity, mental health and an enhanced service provision project. During a role as extended school health coordinator, I established a successful extended school facility to address community needs and improve outcomes, working in partnership with a range of stakeholders. One focus of my work was the identification of weight related issues and inequalities. In particular this involved delivering public health interventions for healthy weight. The work was showcased as an area of best practice and innovation at the NHS Live 2006. When leading the school nurse obesity services I worked to develop service delivery in relation to healthy weight in order to successfully deliver the National Child Measurement Programme, enable access to interventions to address overweight and obesity, and support prevention through the promotion of healthy weight. I made key contributions to the PCT working party responsible for developing the local Healthy Weight Pathway for adults and children.


2014, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Public Health
2007, University of Chester, United Kingdom, BSc(Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2009 - present

Postgraduate training

Post Graduate Certiicate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010 - 2011
Post Graduate Certificate in Youth Matters, United Kingdom, University of Chester, 2008 - 2010

Journal article

Bradbury D, Porcellato LA, Timpson H, Turner GL, Goodhew S, Young R, Isaacs N, Watson PM. 2019. Multiple stakeholder views of pre-school child weight management practices: A mixed methods study Health Education Journal, 78 :798-811 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Turner G. 2017. Building resilience in school nurses British Journal of School Nursing, 12 :98-99 DOI

Turner G, Mackay S. 2015. The impact of school nurse interventions: Behaviour change and mental health British Journal of School Nursing, 10 :494-506 DOI

Turner GL, Owen S, Watson PM. 2015. Addressing childhood obesity at school entry: qualitative experiences of school health professionals Journal of Child Health Care, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Turner GL, Mackay S. Seeking Evidence for School Nursing British Journal of School Nursing, 12 :490-491 DOI


Turner G, Mackay SCR. 2017. School nurse toolkit: Evaluation of behaviour change interventions :1-25 Publisher Url

Medforth N, Atkinson A, Clarke P, Connolly J, Greenop D, Huntingdon E, Kewley O, Turner G. Sex, Drugs and Risk Control: report on the small-acale evaluation of the course commissioned by St. Helens Young People's Services


Nicholson W, Turner G. 2016. School nursing making a difference to adolescent health and wellbeing Cherry A, Baltag V, Dillon M. International Handbook on Adolescent Health and Development: The Public Health Response Springer 978-3319407418 Publisher Url

Turner GL. 2014. Immunity and Immunizations Glasper A, Coad J, Richardson J. Children and Young People's Nursing at a Glance Wiley Blackwell 978-1118516287 Publisher Url