Introducing the Lantern Model

The Lantern Model 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.

The model was created by Heather Richardson and Marie Cooper, two nurses based at St Christopher’s who have articulated a contemporary model of nursing for people dying or bereaved.

Their hope is that this will stimulate thought and conversation about palliative nursing by nurses – who are interested to explore their role and its impact.


The model is underpinned by a variety of evidence – patient and family views, subjective experience of nurses and a review of the academic literature.

It has been generated through extended discussion and engagement with senior nurses with a broad range of nursing experience at the end of life.

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Pioneering Nursing Nurses Patient Bed

Practice development

It is the basis of a new practice development approach to building compassionate person-centred care being co-designed by hospices, Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh and St Christopher’s CARE.

Please see this article on the model in Nursing Times and also an article from Hospice in the Weald on how they are using the model.

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Lantern Model Tools

Since its launch in 2020 the Lantern Model has served as a basis for new tools designed to enhance and support palliative nursing. Tools can be downloaded from our free Resource Library.

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Background to the Lantern Model

The Lantern Model in CARE

The Lantern Model underpins all of our learning for nurses. See below a selection of our current courses that draw on the Lantern Model to shape their content.

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

  • 21 May, 2024 , 24 Sep, 2024
  • 3 days at St Christopher's CARE
  • 9.30am to 4.00pm (with lunch break)
  • St Christopher's CARE

This three-day course provides nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in any setting with the essential building blocks to support patients and their families at the end of life

Newly Qualified Nurses and Paramedics Community and Practice

Newly Qualified Nurses and Paramedics Community of Practice

  • 23 Apr, 2024
  • 2 hours
  • 4-6pm

This group has a focus on the principles of palliative and end of life care, providing opportunities for shared learning, continuous development and pastoral support

Global Palliative Nursing Network Spotlight Events

Global Palliative Nursing Network Events

  • 04 May, 2024 , 05 Jun, 2024
  • Online

Join the Global Palliative Nursing Network for FREE to have access to all our Meet Up & Share and Spotlight events

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