Portrait of Mrs Michaela Dyson Mrs Michaela Dyson

m.o'neill@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472792


I joined the University of Huddersfield as a senior lecturer in the mental health nursing team in Sept 2010. Prior to this I had been working in the local mental health trust as a senior manager practice development and also part time here as a lecturer/ practitioner.

My background in nursing over 27 years has always been in older peoples mental health services and more specifically an interest in dementia care. This interest has paved the way for involvement in a variety of projects as well as staff and service developments in related areas. In particular I have been involved in projects involving dementia care mapping, practice development unit accreditation and life story work which have led to numerous opportunities to speak at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently I have been a project team member and co-editor of the ‘Portrait of a Life’ multi-media toolkit for life story work published in 2010. This work in particular has supported the development of a masters level CPD module for life story work.

Additionally my interest in leadership and management led to the completion of my masters in 2008 and taking on the module leader role for the management module within pre-registration nurses for mental health.

Research and Scholarship

My interest in dementia and life story work is the focus of my current PhD studies. In particular I am interested to develop knowledge around the link to lifestory work and positive risk taking and quality of life issues for family carers, people with dementia and staff within dementia care settings.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Module leader - Management of services to facilitate recovery.
  • Module leader - Care of the older adult.
  • Module leader - Life Story work in the field of dementia care and older people.