Since 2016 I have been a Lecturer in End of Life Care in WELS, HSC. In this time I have been the Media Academic for the BBC2 production ‘ A Time to Live’ which was televised in May 2017 http://www.open.edu/openlearn/tv-radio-events/tv/time-live. This documentary was nominated for the South Bank Awards in London and has generated much interest including an interview I conducted with BBC 3 Counties Radio in May 2018.
Given the recent pandemic much of my focus is on conducting rapid reviews and systematic reviews on the following:
I currently facilitate the OU online seminar series 'Grief and bereavement in the workplace: supporting others during Covid-19' and 'Depression in the Workplace: supporting others to manage and thrive.'
As well as a Lecturer in End of Life Care I am an Area Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (Care and Advocacy) and Qualifications Lead for Health Sciences and Health Care. Working with the module teams on the Masters in Nursing, I am engaging in production of the module in my role as Accessibility Lead for HSC WELS.
I have obatined the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education as well as Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
On death, dying and bereavement
My interest in death and dying has been a long one. I came to the OU having securing GW4 funds as a co-applicant with the universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff concerning dying with reduced agency for people who experience dementia/traumatic brain injury or frailty. The challenge of researching this topic and finding evidence of effective interventions of models of care at the end of life could be found in previous research I conducted on suicide in Accident and Emergency Departments and the challenge [stress, anxiety, attitudinal] of handling such cases.
Other research on end of life care was undertaken while as a NIHR Research Fellow and together with palliative care consultants secured funds to conduct research on the challenges they have faced in initiating a policy (end of life care) that has been much maligned by both the media and the public. I have been concerned by a lack of discussion, research and adequate policy around these issues as well as contentious others, particularly mental health which needs much attention.
Conducting other novel research has evolved through various projects in which I have been qualitative lead on mixed methods studies concerning dementia (funded by MIND) and later with five European partners (Norway, Ireland, Finland, Lithuania and UK) concerning dementia with EU funding.
I am trained therapist and hold a BACP approved Cert in Integrative Counselling and a Post Qualifying Cert in Counselling Children and Young People. I have worked with CRUSE bereavement Care, a Care organisation and counselling service in the South-west of England.
My main area of research concerns end of life care across the life course including stillbirth neonatal death, parental bereavement, paediatric palliative care, brain injury, dementia, suicide and end-of-life care. I am interested in narratives of loss and experiences of grief and bereavement, in particular the way in which a person's experience of grief and bereavement is mediated by the networks to which the bereaved relate and to the discourses of a culture.
More recently, research has involved ‘Men’s experience of perinatal death’ and ‘Nursing the Dying Body.’
Jones, K., & Draper, J. (in press) Nurses and student nurses experience of the imminently dying: An international scoping review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing.
Jones, K., & Murphy, S. (in press) Researching perinatal death: managing the myriad of
emotions in the field International Journal of Social Research and Practice
Jones K, Methley A, Boyle G, Garcia R, Vseteckova J (2020) A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care in the UK. (Under review with Prospero)
Vseteckova J, Jones K, Methley A, Boyle G, Garcia R (2020) A systematic review of the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) compared with other psychological therapies in managing grief experienced by bereaved spouses or partners of adults who had received palliative care worldwide. (Under review with Prospero)
Vseteckova J, Mahon A, Boyle G, Jones K and Garcia R (2020) Frailty and Spousal/Partner Bereavement in Older People: A Systematic Scoping Review Protocol. Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2020.24.004075
Jitka Vseteckova, Aoife Mahon, Geraldine Boyle, Aravinda Guntupalli, Kerry Jones, Rebecca Garcia. Frailty and spousal/partner bereavement in older people: a systematic review. PROSPERO 2019 CRD42019149453 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42019149453
Jones, Kerry; Robb, Martin; Murphy, Sam and Davies, Alison (2019). New understandings of fathers’ experiences of grief and loss following stillbirth and neonatal death: a scoping review. Midwifery (Early Access). [Estimated 90% authorship contribution]
Vseteckova J, Mahon A, Boyle G, Guntupalli A, Jones K, Garcia R (2019) Frailty and spousal/partner bereavement in older people: A Systematic Review Protocol. PROSPERO 2019 CRD42019149453 https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO [Estimated 10% authorship contribution]
Jones, K., Birchley, G., Huxtable, R., Clare, L., Walter, J. and Dixon, J., 2016. End of life care: A scoping review of experiences of Advance Care Planning for people with dementia. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301216676121
Birchley, G., Jones, K., Huxtable, R., Dixon, J., Kitzinger, J. and Clare, L., 2016. Dying Well with Reduced Agency: A Scoping Review and Thematic Synthesis of the decision-making process in dementia, traumatic brain injury and frailty. BMC Medical Ethics, 17, 46: 1-15.
Jones, K. (2014) Parental Identity in Narratives of Grief Following Perinatal Death.Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 17, 2: 38-42
Murphy, S and Jones, K. (2014) By the way knowledge: grandmothers, stillbirth and neonatal death. Human Fertility17 (3): 1-4. DOI: 10.3109/14647273.2014
Jones, K., Baines, R., Lang, I. (2014) Initiating Discussion in End of life Care: Clinician’s Perspectives. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (Suppl 1): A85. DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000654.244.
Jones, K (2013) Researching Sensitive Subjects Among a Vulnerable Population. Methodological Innovations Online 8 (1) 113-127
Funding and submitted bids
2018-2020 Systematic, scoping and rapid reviews (as PI) £ 11,000 The Open University Research Development
2020 Dunhill PhD studentship. £200,000 (with matched funding from WELS) for four inter-related WELS studentships regarding innovating and improving health and social of frail adults. Funding application as CI (waiting outcome)
2014 GW4 Grant (Exeter lead and co-applicant with Bristol, Cardiff and Bath Universities) £ 1566, facilitator and leading to most recent accelerator £ 76,000
2013 Alzheimer Society Dementia Support Worker Project (co-investigator) NHS Dementia challenge Fund and Plymouth City Council £15,864
2012 Initiating conversations for advance planning for End of Life Care (Co- Investigator) Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust £10,000
As a module team chair and qualifications lead, I am keen to support the student learning experience and to drive forward ways to engage students. The student buddy project is currently an initiative being driven forward for K220 as a mentoring scheme following it's successful development on K314.
As well as Module Teacm Chair, I am also the Area Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (Care and Advocacy), third party monitor and internal examiner for the Health and Health Sciences programme.
I am also qualifications lead for Health and Health Sciences having taking on this role following my time as Assessment Lead.
External examiner: Professional Doctorate for Counselling Psychology, University of the West of England. Candidate acheived doctorate.
PhD supervision: I currently supervise two PhD students (one nearing completion) and one on the Professional Doctorate programme.
As a Lecturer on End of Life Care, I am the Module Chair for K220 Death and Dying and was the lead for the Grief and Bereavement writing and production for the new K220. I am on the team for writing and production for the Masters in Nursing , K102 Health and Social Care and K210 Nursing, and involved in the presentation of K235 Dementia Care.
Previously, I taught on the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) and Medical Sciences programme (i.e. through specialist workshops, Problem Based Learning, Special Skills Study Units, lectures, examination and assessment development, and academic reviews) at the University of Exeter Medical School. It is here where students have been encouraged to consider experiences of health and illness beyond the biomedical lens to a focus on the social and cultural determinants of health and illness over the life course.
Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Ageing at the University of the West of England and was a visiting Lecturer at the University of Bristol on the Social Work programme.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the British Sociological Association.
Jones, K. (2019) Bereavement care: Parents and professionals. International Association of Nurses in Palliative Care 9th National Conference Effective Palliative Care: Meeting Diverse Needs. June 7. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Inivited speaker
OU UNISON BELFAST. June 2018. ‘Suicide and self-harm workshop’ in which paramedics, doctors, nurses and human resources managers addressed the challenges of working on the front line in the community among patients with suicidal ideation and the impact upon their working lives. This work is ongoing in order to identify research questions for further study.
Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) May 2018. Invited speaker at the University of Bath, ‘Decision making and end of life care.’ Presented on dementia and decision making at the end of life.
DDG Conference. 2018 The seminar series culminated in facilitating a conference in which national and international speakers addressed issues on the Intelligence End of Life Care data; end of life care and homelessness; and compassionate communities. This has led t a joint collaboration with the University of Bath to host a conference on the ‘Experience of Grief and Bereavement among Refugees’, Pall Mall, London, March 2019.
DDG Seminar series. Since 2017 the Death and Dying Group seminar series was held at the Open University. Both national and international speakers addressed issues associated with death and dying and which comprised, perinatal death; assisted suicide; learning disabilities.
BBC 2 A Time to Live. May 2017. Documentary which was nominated for an award at the South Bank in London. Generated over 2 million views and visits to Open Learn where the documentary is available.
BBC 3 Counties Radio interview question and answer about A Time to Live.
OU SCOTLAND June 2017. Dementia and Advance Care Planning Conference. With the University of Glasgow, the Alzheimer’s Society and the OU in Dumfries, facilitated a one day conference for over 100 delegates from the public, private and voluntary sector to address new models of advance care planning for people with dementia in Scotland.
University of Bath June 2016. Surviving your data workshop. This was held for Phd candidates who were conducting fieldwork with vulnerable individuals about sensitive subjects.
GW4 Dying with Reduced Agency. 2015 – 2016. A strong community of twenty academics has evolved around a common concern with dying with reduced agency. Together through day long network meetings, website, blogs and tweets (1000 unique visitors) we have worked collaboratively on publications, grant proposals and co-produced a conference and public engagement event.
Public and policy engagement. We set up a highly successful public engagement (visual artists, digital storytelling) and held a one day conference which attracted 110 participants. Approximately, 200 people from organisations were involved in engagement, consultation and sharing consultations and who were from organisations concerned with support for people with reduced agency.
Outcomes and developments. Through GW4 we have developed a strong community and created intensive dialogue about our work. We have submitted bids [Wellcome Trust, and Leverhulme). Two papers have been published following these activities and a further DeVELOP ‘Decision making and dementia at the end of life in care homes’ bid is due to be submitted to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Jones, K. (2018) Compassionate Clinical Practice: Supporting Men Following Perinatal Death International Children’s Palliative Care Network. Durban, South Africa, May 30 – June 2. Conference proceedings.
Jones, K. (2018) Men and Loss. Father’s feel too. International Stillbirth Alliance. Cork, Ireland. 24 – 26 September.
Jones, K. (2017) Making the unspeakable visual: Memorialising the child that few Biennial Meeting, 18 - 21 March 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference proceedings.
Jones, K., Birchley, G., Huxtable, R., Clare, L., Walter, T., Dixon, J. (2017) Decision making and dementia at the end of life. European Association of Palliative Care. Madrid, Spain. June 20 – 25.
Jones, K. (2016) Support and Critical Communication in the Parental Perinatal Death Experience. International Children’s’ Palliative Care Network, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 – 21 May. Conference proceedings.
Jones, K. (2016). The British Association for Applied Linguistics. Health and Science Communication SIG Conference. Parental Identity in Narratives of Grief Following Perinatal Death. The Open University, Milton Keynes, November 16.
International Online Death and Dying Network (The OU, UK, and Sweden)
DeVELOP. Decision making in end-of-life care for people with dementia in nursing care facilities. The Open University, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol. Project team:
OU and SANDS. Parental Bereavement Following Perinatal Death. Models of Support and Care
2019 - Member of the International stillbirth Alliance Working Group on Bereavement
Care and Maternal, Newborn & Child Mental Health
2017 - 18 Member of the European Association of Palliative Care
2007 - 09 Member of the American Sociological Associattion