Verity Rose Jones


Models of co-production in youth mental health

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Jane Fenton, Dr Nicola Wright, Dr Justin Waring

Verity is investigating whether co-production works in youth mental health, for whom it works and in what circumstances, by using a realist action research approach. She will be seeking consensus on a definition of the current principles of co-production in youth mental health services by a comparison study examining approaches to co-production in two youth mental health services in different contexts (e.g. UK/Australia). Methods  are to be co-designed with researcher-participants (and may include: survey, interview, focus groups and photo-voice). 


Since qualifying in 2017 Verity has worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services with adults and young people in Birmingham. She is currently a Wellcome trust PhD candidate investigating models of co-production in youth mental health. 

Participation has been central to her work with young people both as an OT and before this as a youth participation development officer for The Woodcraft Folk (2012-2014). Her masters research comprised a qualitative study which aimed to explore occupational therapists’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to occupation-focused practice in secure mental health settings and record consensus found using nominal group technique.


  • 2017, MSc Occupational Therapy, Brunel University: Distinction 
  • 2011, BA Philosophy and English Literature, University of Sussex: First Class Honours 

Research interests

Working with those with lived experience of mental illness and using co-creation to advance knowledge:

  • realist design
  • co-production
  • participatory methodologies
  • creative dissemination of findings
  • adolescent mental health
  • action research
  • occupational science

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists – professional membership 2017 – present
  • The Health and Care Professionals Council – professional registration 2017 – present 

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Twitter: @verityroseJones