Professor of Critical Care Nursing
Telephone:020 7815 6797
School/Division:Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Dr Suzanne Bench is a Professor of Critical Care Nursing 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.
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.