Michael joined the university full time in 2018 as a Nurse Educator, before moving to a Lecturer role in 2019. His area of special interest is dementia care, with a specific focus on addressing behaviours others find challenging.
Michael teaches across the BSc and MSc Pre-registration Nursing Programme as well as doing external work delivering bespoke teaching sessions on dementia care to private sector and NHS staff. He is the module leader for Essentials of Mental Health Nursing 2 on both the MSc and BSc programmes. Michael has to date published 2 journal articles: Smith M, Gill T (2019) Role of nursing associates in addressing the needs of people with dementia in hospital. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1231 Smith, M., & Sayer, K. (2019). The East Lancashire Clinic Model: Supporting care homes to understand reactive behaviours (Innovative Practice). Dementia, doi: 10.1177/1471301219891021
Prior to starting at UCLan Michael started work in a care home mainly for people with dementia before moving to the NHS where he worked on an organic (dementia) assessment unit where he specialised in teaching staff how to manage aggressive behaviours. He then moved to a community team who looked at introducing and supporting care home staff to utilise non-pharmacological approaches to managing the reactive behaviours of people with dementia. Michael then worked for the memory assessment service on a short term project to address the diagnostic gap of people who were predicted to have dementia with people who actually diagnosed with dementia which was funded by the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia. At the end of this project Michael then worked for the Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team in East Lancashire supporting older adults in their own homes and also in care homes who were suffering from mental health crisis. Following a 2 year period of working part time as a lecturer practitioner Michael then moved to working full time at UCLan teaching pre-registration nursing.