The Lantern Model

Prompted by the prospect of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020, St Christopher’s Hospice nurses Heather Richardson and Marie Cooper, set out almost two years ago to devise the first new model for palliative and end of life care nursing in three decades.

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.

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.


We are delighted to announce the imminent launch of a brand new one-year membership programme, starting April 2022, which will weave together inspiration, learning and connections amongst all nurses interested in making a real difference to people facing the end of life.

Be the nurse you have always aspired to be, and share your dreams and progress with others who are committed to developing their own practice.

The challenge to provide good end of life care in current times is significant, yet we know there is much about which nurses can be proud. To continue this effort, we realise nurses need guidance, support and knowledge to maintain their resourcefulness, so they can keep giving the care that they know matters.

Our programme has been generated to provide an opportunity for nurses to reclaim aspects of their profession which gives their work meaning. By joining it, they can enjoy connection with like-minded individuals, gain access to development opportunities and expect a degree of restoration.    

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About the authors

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Dr Heather Richardson and Marie Cooper

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.

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.

Celebrating End of Life and Palliative Nursing

Nursing in palliative and end of life care has a rich history and remains a central element of its delivery.

We want to shine a light on its contribution past and present, and consider its future shape so that it remains pertinent, visible and impactful.

Our pioneering nurses

Pioneering nurses from around the world

Nominations are now closed, but you can still find out how we are identifying and showcasing our pioneering nurses.

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Focusing on the Lantern Model, the first new model of palliative and end of life care nursing for 20 years.

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