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Focusing on the Lantern Model, the first new model of palliative and end of life care nursing for 30 years

The Lantern Model, made possible with the support of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, articulates the unique, vital and skilled role of nurses caring for people who are dying or bereaved and, by highlighting their contribution, makes the case for increased investment in their recruitment, development and retention.

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    To watch these webinars that were delivered in January, February and March of 2021 and find out more about the Lantern Model, register your interest below and be the first to know when our new offering becomes available.

  • Who is it for?

    • Are you using a model of Nursing and are you interested to see how this new model compares?
    • Are you wondering what the purpose and value is of a Model and how adopting one could help you, your team or your organisation?
    • Are you passionate about nursing and do you want to consider how nurses can reclaim a centre stage position and be proud of their role and profession?

    This webinar series is for all pre and post registration nurses and others interested to explore aspects of nursing at the end of life and its opportunities.

    The Lantern Model could help nurses hone their skills, focus their efforts and work with their colleagues to achieve the right outcomes for a patient, their families and carers

    Professor Greta Westwood  

    Find out more about the Lantern Model

  • Presenters

    Facilitated by Heather Richardson, Joint CEO at St Christopher’s, and Marie Cooper, Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing in 2020. Guest speakers:

    mary flatley

    Mary Flatley

    Mary has been a nurse for over 40 years, with 15 years as a ward sister in Surgery, Medicine, HIV, Rehabilitation and Respite care.

    She is currently Lead nurse for Cancer and Palliative Care at the Homerton Hospital in Hackney London. For the 6 years prior to that Mary was Lead Nurse for In-Patients at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

    Mary has a PhD in Nursing from Kings College and has been involved in many research projects throughout her career. She has moved between clinical and research roles on a number of occasions. Her current role is to support and strengthen the excellent care being provided by the Cancer and Palliative Care specialist nurses and to plan for the continued delivery of this care in the future.

    End of life care is a particular interest of Mary’s, for younger people as well as care for older people and especially the end of life care for frail older people.


    Lorna Peelo-Kilroe R.N., DPSN., BSc., MSc., PG Cert., Doctorial Student with Queen Margaret University, Scotland

    Lorna works in the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland in the Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services and the National Quality Improvement Team.  Over the last 15 years her work has focused on the development of a person-centred workplace culture, practice development, transformational facilitation, and quality improvement. Lorna has been exploring the concept of human flourishing as the topic of her PhD, and how by facilitating conditions for flourishing, people can enhance their workplace culture, practice and relationships.

    Lorna is currently HSE lead facilitator on the National Person-centred Culture Programme in the HSE. The aim of this innovative programme is to enable a culture of person-centredness that supports person-centred practice and care for all whether using or providing services. The programme partnered with Queen Margaret University during the first three years of development and roll out.

    Siobhan Horton

    Siobhan Horton

    Siobhan has a vast experience of working as a nurse in both clinical and organisational leadership. Through out her career she has maintained an interest in how nurses must attend to deploying both the art and science of nursing which can be increasingly challenging in such times but never more essential.

    Siobhan believes that death and loss is a natural human and relational experience with clinical components, not a clinical experience with relational components, and holds a deep passion for the acceptance and pursuit of appropriate palliative care for all.

    Rob George

    Professor Rob George Medical Director, St Christopher’s

    Following accreditation in Respiratory and General Medicine and a doctorate on breathlessness, Rob pioneered HIV & non-cancer palliative care from 1987-2003 at UCL Hospitals during which time he established the first NHS Hospice@Home service.

    From 2003-2006 he had a portfolio of consultancies working with specialist palliative care services facing various operational difficulties in settings across the voluntary sector, combined NHS and Independent Hospice Services and in NHS posts spanning the community, specialist beds and acute hospitals.

    From 2006-2015 he was back in the NHS full time covering the community around Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in Central London.

    In September 2015 he became Medical Director at St Christopher’s, but will continue with some NHS sessions;

    As a leader and influencer, he was clinical lead for Palliative/EoLC for London from 2007-13 and is now President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland;

    He has sat on RCP working parties reporting on aspects of palliative and end of life care and Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness. He advises various Government Departments on EoL matters, the latest of which is as the independent, clinical expert to the LCP Review led by Lady Neuberger. He sits on various ethics committees.

    He is a clinical academic, rather than an experimental researcher and before gaining his professorship at the Cicely Saunders Institute, KCL, he was Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at UCL. He has over a hundred and twenty publications.

    Heather Richardson

    Dr Heather Richardson Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s; Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University

    Heather Richardson works as one of the Joint Chief Executives of St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She has previously held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph’s Hospice in east London prior to her move to St Christopher’s.

    Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988. She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice. More recently, she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care. She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University.

    In the past, she has received the International Palliative Nurse of the Year award issued by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and other awards related to her role in innovation in healthcare.

    Pippa Gough Executive Coach, Organisational and Leadership Consultant

    Pippa is an expert consultant in change management, facilitation, personal and team coaching. She began her career in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. She held several senior nursing positions throughout her career including Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing before joining the King’s Fund as a member of Senior Faculty in 2001 and is now a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

    Today, having sat on the board of several charitable organisations including Alzheimer’s Society her consultancy skills support change management and leadership development within health services and public sector organisations. A passionate advocate of the NHS, many of her projects have included designing and commissioning programmes of leadership and organisational development, strategy planning, coaching and policy research.

    Brendan McCormack

    Professor Brendan McCormack D.Phil (Oxon.), BSc (Hons.), FRCN, FEANS, FRCSI, PGCEA, RMN, RGN, FAAN Head of the Divisions of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Art Therapies; Associate Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Vice-President Omega XI Chapter, Sigma Global

    Professor II, University of South Eastern Norway, Drammen, Norway; Extraordinary Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Professor of Nursing, Maribor University, Slovenia; Visiting Professor, Ulster University; Adjunct Professor, Canberra University Australia; Guest Professor, University of Vienna; Honorary Nurse Consultant, Erskine Scotland.

    Brendan’s internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and a number of European Countries.  His writing and research work focuses on person-centred practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development and he serves on a number of editorial boards, policy committees, funding panels and development groups in these areas.

    He has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development.  Brendan has more than 600 published outputs, including 220 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and 12 books.  He is the ‘Editor Emeritus’ of the “International Journal of Older People Nursing”.

    Brendan is a Fellow of The European Academy of Nursing Science, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2014 he was awarded the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International and listed in the Thomson Reuters 3000 most influential researchers globally.  In 2015 he was recognized as an ‘Inspirational Nursing Leader’ by Nursing Times (UK nursing magazine) and in 2019 was listed in the New Year ‘Top 100 outstanding nurses’ by the Twitter Group #wenurses.

    Caroline Nicholson x

    Caroline Nicholson Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing, University of Surrey

    Professor Caroline Nicholson heads a research programme focussing on the interface between gerontological and end of life care. She is a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer, working between the School of Health Sciences at Surrey University and St Christopher’s Hospice.

    This unique partnership allows her to research and contribute to the development of palliative care for older people living and dying with advanced frailty and multiple morbidities.  She is particularly interested in the development of services which enhance the capabilities as well as attend to the vulnerabilities of people living and dying in late old age.  She is co End of Life Lead for the British Geriatrics Society.

    Marie Cooper

    Marie Cooper Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing

    Marie is a nurse with 40 years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across  a range of care settings. Having delivered change in her previous roles, she now supports others to do so. Her particular area of interest is in working with nurse leaders to develop high performance teams and practice. Such opportunities have given her a clarity about the many issues nurse leaders and those engaged in palliative care delivery face today.

    From 2014 to June 2019, Marie was Practice Development Lead for Hospice UK, which enabled her to work with hospice clinical leaders and national organisations to champion the delivery of high quality, accessible palliative care. Since June 2019, Marie works freelance and in addition to her other work she is the Project Lead at St Christopher’s Hospice for the Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing programme. This  is an exciting programme which  includes developing a contemporary Model of Nursing and bringing together pioneering nurses who are shaping palliative care across the world into a vibrant community. The programme’s overarching aim is to celebrate and showcase the unique and vital contribution of end of life and palliative care nursing which is developing internationally.

  • Programme

    Join us for the launch of the NEW Lantern Model, the first new model of palliative and end of life care nursing for 30 years.

    Facilitated by Heather Richardson, Joint CEO at St Christopher’s, and Marie Cooper, Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing.

    Find out more about the Lantern Model


    Lantern Model: Finding the person in the patient

    Delivered live on Wednesday 20 January 2021, 4pm

    Part of the Connect with CARE webinars

    On Wednesday 20 January we launched a new model of nursing dedicated to palliative and end of life care nursing. To mark this momentous event, we’re hosting four webinars and have assembled leading speakers from within nursing and beyond to illuminate aspects of nursing we consider vital in today’s health and societal context.

    Join Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s Hospice, Mary Flatley, Senior Nurse in End of LIfe at the Homerton Hospital, East London and Lorna Peelo-Kilroe, HSE Lead Facilitator, National Programme to Enable Cultures of Person-Centredness, to introduce the Lantern Model and focus on the first of the model’s crucial elements.

    The Lantern model, made possible with the support of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, has been created drawing on the experience of patients and their families as well as the reflections of nurses themselves. It is designed to support individual nurses as well as organisations looking to improve the care they provide to people approaching the end of life, whatever the setting in which they work. It sets out to capture and define:

    • The processes of care provided by nurses and the wider multi-disciplinary team
    • The outcomes patients and their families/carers can expect as a result
    • The essential personal characteristics of the effective nurse
    • The organisational support required by nurses to perform their role to best effect
    • The key tenets that underpin and shape the nursing care on offer.

    The launch webinar will be interesting for anyone committed to palliative and end of life care nursing. Mary and Lorna will be examining the first of the key tenets of the Lantern Model – Finding the Person in the Patient. They will consider the notion of personhood and how this is affected in the face of a life-threatening condition, then focus on the nurses’ role in maintaining people’s sense of identity as they face the end of life.

    Our hope for this webinar and those that follow will be that we start a conversation amongst people who are passionate about nursing and its contribution to end of life. .

    Those attending will be invited to help us consider how we ensure this element of nursing is protected, perpetuated, and enhanced in nursing today and in the future. Other thoughts and ideas will be welcome too.


    Thursday 4 February 2021, 4pm
    Lantern Model: The art and science of caring


    • Siobhan Horton, Experienced Palliative Care Nurse with interest in Community Engagement 
    • Rob George, Medical Director, St Christopher’s Hospice

    An experienced nurse and senior physician will make the case in this webinar that to enable someone to complete a life well, there is a need to approach their care with a mixture of art and science. The session will begin with a brief description of the processes of care vital to achieve good outcomes for people who dying and those close to them in a contemporary world, then go on to how they are best enacted on the part of nurses and the broader MDT.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to help us consider how nurses, multi-disciplinary teams and organisations value the art of nursing alongside its science in a world where science and rationality dominate the shape of care and its quality.


    Thursday 24 March 2021, 4pm
    Lantern Model: Impact through personal and organisational development


    • Heather Richardson, Join Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice
    • Pippa Gough, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

    Drawing on the Lantern Model, this webinar highlights the importance of both personal characteristics and organisational support in the delivery of nursing that has real impact for patients, those close to them and the wider MDT. It considers how personal and organisational development can help nurses achieve the outcomes of care that are most valued by people who are dying, their families and carers. Attendees will be invited to reflect on the opportunities for nurses to to shape the culture of the organisation in which they work, so that it is supportive of their efforts.

    They will also be invited to consider how the model could be of value to organisations who are uncertain about how best to enable  nurses in their workforce to thrive.


    Thursday 31 March 2021, 4pm
    Lantern Model: Advancing the profession of Nursing and its offer at end of life


    • Brendan McCormack, Professor Person-Centred Practice Research Centre, University of Ulster
    • Caroline Nicholson, Professor Palliative Care and Ageing, St Christopher’s Hospice

    In the final webinar in the Lantern Model series, esteemed speakers Brendan and Caroline will explore how nurses advance their profession and position nursing as a vital element of high quality care. This webinar recognises the contemporary context of nursing at the end of life – one in which there are growing numbers of people who live and die in late old age, and how nursing is best constructed to meet their needs.

    The role of nursing models as a basis for advancing the profession will be explored and attendees will be invited to consider with us the value of these and how the Lantern Model could be used to this end.


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