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Dr Suzanne Bench is an Associate Professor in the Department of Adult Nursing, School of Health and Social Care. She specialises in critical care nursing and her research interests are in the psychological recovery of patients and their families after critical illness; the subject of her PhD, post-doctoral work and publications.
Prior to commencing her current post, Dr Bench worked as a Lecturer in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London for 20 years. During this time, she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in improvement science, focusing on how best to involve former critically ill patients in quality improvement and research activities.
Dr Bench started at LSBU in June 2017 as a joint appointment with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. As Deputy Director of Research (Nursing) within the Trust, Dr Bench is focusing on the nursing research infrastructure, capacity and capability and outputs for nurses within the Trust and developing a non-medical clinical academic career framework within the Trust. Dr Bench also maintains strong clinical links and undertakes regular practice in a critical care environment. She is also a member of the School’s ethics committee.
Dr Bench is the national secretary for the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), the nursing representative for the UK Critical Care Research Group (UKCCRG) steering committee, the UK Critical Care Leadership Alliance and a core member of the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance. She is also the Assistant Editor for the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal and part of the editorial advisory board member for Nursing in Critical Care Journal. Dr Bench has published a co-edited book on critical care, contributed chapters to various books, authored over 20 articles in peer reviewed academic journals and presents papers regularly at international conferences.
Dr Suzanne Bench has extensive expertise in face to face teaching of small and large student groups and in the provision of e-learning and assessment. She has held leadership roles for Advanced Practice, Critical Care and Improvement Science programmes and modules. She is an external examiner for the University of Hull and has supervised many undergraduate and post-graduate students. Her teaching focuses on acute and critical care, research methods and inter-professional simulation.
Dr Suzanne Bench’s research centres on rehabilitation after critical illness. She has a particular interest in improvement science and service user involvement. Her work focuses on understanding experiences of critical illness recovery and the use of participatory design and mixed methods to work with service users and service providers to develop and evaluate interventions to improve psychological wellbeing across transitions of care.
Most recent publications
Bench, S Orthopaedic nurses’ engagement in clinical research; an exploration of ideas, facilitators and challenges. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, DOI 10.1016/j.ijotn.2019.04.002
Bench, S A Rapid Review of Educational Preparedness of Advanced Clinical Practitioners. Journal of Advanced Nursing,
Rodger, S and Bench, S Education provision for patients following a spinal cord injury. British Journal of Nursing, 28. 377-381. DOI 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.6.377
Bench, S Involving patients and families in critical care research and quality improvement. Nursing in Critical Care, 24. 67-69. DOI 10.1111/nicc.12418
Bench, S and Bedford, Z Reviewing interventions supporting parents' well-being after a child’s intensive care unit discharge. Nursing in Critical Care, DOI 10.1111/nicc.12405
Stewart, C and Bench, S Evaluating the Implementation of CAM-ICU using a Quality Improvement approach. Nursing in Critical Care, DOI 10.1111/nicc.12354
Stewart, C and Bench, S Evaluating the implementation of confusion assessment method-intensive care unit using a quality improvement approach.. Nursing in Critical Care, DOI 10.1111/nicc.12354
Bench, S and Lee, G and Baker, E and Trenchard-Turner, N and Whaley, S and Peacock, S and Garry, B and Dover, N and Nwosu, W and Worth, T The education and training > needs of advanced clinical practitioners; an exploratory, qualitative > study. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8. DOI https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v8n8p66
Letchford, E and Bench, S Ventilator-associated pneumonia and suction: a review of the literature.. British Journal of Nursing, 27. 13-18. DOI 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.1.13
Bench, S and Eassom, E and Poursanidou, K The nature and extent of service user involvement in critical care research and quality improvement; a scoping review of the literature.. International Journal of Consumer Studies, DOI 10.1111/ijcs.12406More publications at LSBU Research Open
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): 84J0259E
Royal College of Nursing (RCN): 711533
British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN): 13824A
Dr Suzanne Bench is the National Secretary for the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), the nursing representative for the UK Critical Care Research Group (UKCCRG) steering committee, the UK Critical Care Leadership Alliance, and a core member of the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance. She is also the Assistant Editor for the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal and an editorial advisory board member for the Nursing in Critical Care Journal.