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I am Professor of Critical Care Nursing at LSBU and Director of Nursing (Research) at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
Completed PhD at King’s College London in 2014, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Improvement Science; joined School of Health and Social Care in 2017.
Research interests centre on critical illness recovery. Currently leading two UK research programmes; critical illness fatigue and Rehabilitation after COVID-19 critical illness.
National roles: Chair of United Kingdom Critical Care Nursing Alliance (2020-2022); executive member of British Association of Critical Care Nurses and UK Critical Care Research Group.
I am a Professor of Critical Care Nursing; a clinical-academic nurse combining practice, education and research. In my role as Director of Nursing for research at Guys & St Thomas' NHS Trust, I am responsible for leading A Centre Of Research for Nurses and Midwives(ACORN@gstt)set up to support nurses and midwives' engagement in research across the Trust. I also spend one day a week in critical care to maintain my own clinical competence.
I completed my PhD in Nursing at King’s College London in 2014, and my post-doctoral fellowship in Improvement Science with the NIHR CLAHRC South London in 2015. I joined the School of Health and Social Care at LSBU from King’s College, London in 2017, teaching intensive care and research methods, and supporting students on PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes. I am co-editor of a critical care nursing textbook, associate editor for Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (Elsevier) and have published widely on nursing issues related to critical care.
My research interests centre on the care and management of patients and families following critical illness, with a focus on information provision and shared decision making. Improvement science methods and patient and public involvement and engagement are integral to my research. I have co-designed and evaluated critical care discharge information resources with former ICU patients and have published research on how best to involve former ICU patients in research and quality improvement. I am currently involved in two collaborative UK programmes of work; one focused on assessing and managing fatigue after critical illness (F-ACT) and the second exploring future critical care nursing workforce models (SEISMIC-R).
My National roles include: Chair of the United Kingdom Critical Care Nursing Alliance (UKCCNA) 2020-22; executive board member of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) and nursing representative on the UK Critical Care Research Group (UKCCRG).
I was part of the delivery and assurance group for the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative; developing a revised qualification in specialism module for critical care nursing and just in time training for non-critical care staff following the COVID-19 pandemic response.
In 2019-2022, I was part of the first NIHR 70@70 senior nurse research leader programme, which helped shape the National strategy for developing future clinical academic nurses. I am currently a member of the NHSE transformation steering group for this work.
King's College, London
King's College London
University of Greenwich
University East London
NIHR South London CLAHRC (Kings College London and King's College Hospital NGS Trust)
North Middlesex Hospital
Whipps Cross Hospital
Resuscitation Council UK
MSc Critical care
Deputy Director of Research (Nursing)
Honorary consultant nurse in critical care
European POCT Scientific Advisory Board
Prizes, awards, and accolades
International travel scholarship (Dec 2019)
Florence Nightingale Foundation
The Florence Nightingale Foundation provides funding to scholars who travel to study new models of care, patient safety and quality improvement. Scholars will bring back evidence to improve patient care and health outcomes.
NIHR 70/70 senior nurse research leadership programme (Apr 2019)
The 70@70 programme (funded by DHSC, through the NIHR) is aimed at senior nurse and midwife clinical leaders with demonstrable experience of building a research-led care environment for patients and who have a record of developing existing practice, working within and contributing to a research rich environment.
Contribution to research and collaboration (Jul 2018)
Head of department award
Most active post-doctoral researcher (Jul 2015)
NIHR CAHRC South London
The annual event is designed to bring together people working with the CLAHRC, to celebrate the achievements of our research teams and to share good practice.
Bursary (accommodation/travel) place on Emerging Scholars Forum, University of Toronto, Canada. (Oct 2014)
University of Toronto
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Huffman Splane Emerging Scholars Forum supports early career development and international networking of emerging nursing scholars who are embarking on a research focused career. The Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum is supported by a generous endowment from Dr. Verna Huffman Splane, a pioneer in nursing in Canada who held a deep conviction that nurses should be taught that they are part of a global profession. Bloomberg Nursing is widely recognized as a research-intensive environment that promotes education and scholarship in nursing.
Selected through a peer review application process, participants will be invited to present their doctoral/postdoctoral research to peers and faculty. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and academic interests focus on public health (the health of individuals, groups or populations), health systems and/or improvement of care/outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with nurse researchers who have established successful careers in nursing science. During the Forum, Bloomberg faculty will lead discussion sessions and speak on the successful development of an academic career.
The Clinical Teacher’s IMPACT (Improving Practitioners as Clinical Teachers) Award (Jul 2014)
The Clinical Teacher
The Clinical Teacher is the journal for clinicians who teach and people who are involved in education in a health care setting.
Young scientist of the year (May 2013)
European Federation of Critical Care Nurses
The European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations (EfCCNa) is a formal network of critical care nursing associations in Europe.
Founded in 1999 it currently has 31 national member associations that represent approximately 25.000 European critical care nurses.
2019, during the 8th EfCCNa Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia EfCCNa celebrated its 20 jubilee with all attending members of the federation.
Since its inception the mission of the federation has been clear: to promote collaboration and equity among the national critical care member associations in order to improve nursing care of critically ill patients and their families.
EfCCNa provides a unique opportunity for European critical care nurses working as equal partners on the advancement of European critical care practice, education, management and research.
EfCCNa - the powerful and collective voice of critical care nurses in Europe.
International travel fellowship (May 2010)
Intensive and critical care nursing
To attend Efccna in Europe
Marjorie Simpson new researcher award (May 2010)
Royal College of Nursing
The Marjorie Simpson award annually recognises excellence in three new researchers who are involved in post-graduate research.
Doctoral fellowship (Oct 2009)
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery
4 year 0.5 WTE to undertake doctoral study
Research behind a webcam: an exploration of virtual interviewing with children and young people.
Bichard, E., McKeever, S., Wray, J. and Bench, S. (2022). Research behind a webcam: an exploration of virtual interviewing with children and young people. Nurse Researcher. 30 (4), pp. 39-46. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2022.e1857
‘Doing the best we can’: Registered Nurses' experiences and perceptions of patient safety in intensive care during COVID-19
Stayt, L.C., Merriman, C., Bench, S., Price, A.M., Vollam, S., Walthall, H., Credland, N., Gerber, K. and Calovski, V. (2022). ‘Doing the best we can’: Registered Nurses' experiences and perceptions of patient safety in intensive care during COVID-19. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 78 (10), pp. 3371-3384. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15419
Use of a Virtual Reality device for basic life support training; prototype testing and an exploration of users' views and experience
Bench, S., Winter, C. and Francis, G (2019). Use of a Virtual Reality device for basic life support training; prototype testing and an exploration of users' views and experience. Simulation in Healthcare. 14 (5), pp. 287-292. https://doi.org/10.1097/SIH.0000000000000387
Education provision for patients following a spinal cord injury
Rodger, S and Bench, S. (2019). Education provision for patients following a spinal cord injury. British Journal of Nursing. 28 (6), pp. 377-381. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.6.377
Implementing a discharge process for patients undergoing elective surgery: Rapid review
Bench, S., Cardoso Teixeira, M., Khouri, M. and Martinez, E. (2023). Implementing a discharge process for patients undergoing elective surgery: Rapid review. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. 48, p. 101001. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijotn.2023.101001
Non-pharmacological interventions for self-management of fatigue in adults: an umbrella review of potential interventions to support patients recovering from critical illness
Brown, S.E., Shah, A., Czuber-Dochan, W., Bench, S. and Stayt, L. (2023). Non-pharmacological interventions for self-management of fatigue in adults: an umbrella review of potential interventions to support patients recovering from critical illness . Journal of Critical Care. 75, p. 154279. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2023.154279
Overcoming the challenges of recruiting and interviewing research participants following critical illness due to Covid-19.
James, A., Thomas, N. and Bench, S. (2023). Overcoming the challenges of recruiting and interviewing research participants following critical illness due to Covid-19. Nurse Researcher. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2023.e1854
Nurses' perceptions of point of care testing in critical care: A cross‐sectional survey
Bench, S. and Lennox, S. (2022). Nurses' perceptions of point of care testing in critical care: A cross‐sectional survey. Nursing in Critical Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12869
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) at the preanalytical phase for POCT blood gas analysis: proposal for a shared proactive risk analysis model.
Van Hoof V, Bench S, Soto AB, Luppa PP, Malpass A, Schilling UM, Rooney KD, Stretton A and Tintu AN (2022). Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) at the preanalytical phase for POCT blood gas analysis: proposal for a shared proactive risk analysis model. Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. 60 (8). https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2022-0319
Learning from COVID-19: Cross-sectional e-survey of critical care nurses' satisfaction and experiences of their role in the pandemic response across the United Kingdom.
Stayt LC, Bench S, Credland N and Plowright C (2022). Learning from COVID-19: Cross-sectional e-survey of critical care nurses' satisfaction and experiences of their role in the pandemic response across the United Kingdom. Nursing in Critical Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12850
Prevalence of skin pressure injury in critical care patients in the UK: results of a single-day point prevalence evaluation in adult critically ill patients.
Rubulotta F, Brett S, Boulanger C, Blackwood B, Deschepper M, Labeau SO, Blot S, UK Collaborating Site Investigators, DecubICUs study team and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Trials’ Group UK Collaborators and Bench, S. (2022). Prevalence of skin pressure injury in critical care patients in the UK: results of a single-day point prevalence evaluation in adult critically ill patients. BMJ Open. 12 (11), p. e057010. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057010
Patients’ perspectives of recovery after COVID-19 critical illness; an interview study
Bench, S., Cherry, H., Hodson, M., James, A., McGuinness, N., Parker, G. and Thomas, N. (2022). Patients’ perspectives of recovery after COVID-19 critical illness; an interview study. Nursing in Critical Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12867
Recovery, rehabilitation and follow-up services following critical illness: an updated UK national cross-sectional survey and progress report.
Connolly B, Milton-Cole R, Adams C, Battle C, McPeake J, Quasim T, Silversides J, Slack A, Waldmann C, Wilson E, Meyer J, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Life After Critical Illness Working Group and Bench, S. (2021). Recovery, rehabilitation and follow-up services following critical illness: an updated UK national cross-sectional survey and progress report. BMJ Open. 11, p. e052214. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052214
A rapid review of educational preparedness of advanced clinical practitioners.
Dover N, Lee GA, Raleigh M, Baker EJ, Starodub R, Bench S and Garry B (2019). A rapid review of educational preparedness of advanced clinical practitioners. Journal of Advanced Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14105
Orthopaedic nurses' engagement in clinical research; an exploration of ideas, facilitators and challenges.
Bench S, Dowie-Baker JA and Fish P (2019). Orthopaedic nurses' engagement in clinical research; an exploration of ideas, facilitators and challenges. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. 35, p. 100699. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijotn.2019.04.002