Mrs. Patricia Bannister

Manchester University,United Kingdom
Title: Safe sleeping positions: practice and policy for babies with cleft palate


Trisha Bannister, MBE, is a qualified nurse, midwife, health visitor and counsellor. She gained an MSc from Manchester University looking at the effect of parenting on the growth of children. During her career she has worked in the field of Public Health in Thailand and Northern Canada developing sustainable health projects with local health professionals and communities. She has been involved in Cleft care since 1987 when she was an associate researcher for a randomized controlled trial looking at feeding methods for the cleft child and the effect of an outreach community nursing service on the quality of care. For the past 10 years she has worked as a Consultant Nurse, developing a National Specialist Nursing Service and the professional infrastructure to support this role and was the first nurse president Of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland. She has set up and ran a postgraduate specialist course looking at the management of the cleft child and their family, which has successfully run for a number of years. She led the development of a Care Map designed as a pathway for the early care of infants born with an isolated cleft palate, which has been widely used in the UK, and has been closely involved in research activity within oral clefts. She recently was a co-principle investigator on a research project looking at sleeping positions for infants born with an isolated cleft palate and led a national nursing audit into the incidence of SIDS, over a 5year period, in the cleft palate population

Research Interest

She continues to maintain an interest in research on safe positioning of children born with isolated cleft palate and the early management of infants born with cleft lip/and or pale in Low/Middle-income resource settings.  She represents nursing on a number of national and European committees and was awarded an MBE for her contribution to cleft care.

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