St Christopher’s CARE to launch innovative new membership programme for end of life practitioners

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Develop alongside a brand-new cohort of palliative care nurses for less than the price of cup of coffee per week!

Following a successful series of themed webinars across the last two years, St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (St Christopher’s CARE) is delighted to announce the launch of a new 12-month virtual membership programme for nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) with an interest in delivering the very best end of life care.

The Lantern Model Programme – officially beginning on 1 April 2022 – is set to weave together inspirational learning with peer-to-peer networking; and will create a unique global community of nurses who are able to develop and progress their skills as well as champion relational, authentic and valuable connections with their patients and colleagues across the healthcare sector.

Developed in 2020 by St Christopher’s nurses Heather Richardson and Marie Cooper, ‘The Lantern Model’ is a concept which articulates the vital, unique and skilled role of nurses working with people who are dying or bereaved. Throughout its teachings, attention is drawn to seven key components which are essential to developing and delivering excellent palliative care – including the context of care, the support received from organisations and Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs), and the eventual outcomes for staff, patients and their loved ones.

By its nature, the Lantern Model also invests in the recruitment, development and retention of those caring for people at the end of life, and is made possible with the ongoing support of the Burdett Trust and The Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Now, through an extensive calendar of brand-new webinars and carefully curated group discussion topics, as well as a comprehensive digital toolkit and a community-focused online learning platform, the Lantern Model Programme is here to help nurses and AHPs put the components of The Lantern Model into practice. Membership will give practitioners across the world access to a community of peers, as well as encouraging meaningful self-reflection and supporting an increased commitment to their shared cause.

During the next 12 months, the programme promises to deliver everything from exclusive talks with expert speakers across the globe to personalised tips on how nurses and AHPs can access the best support from within their own organisations and MDTs. A special focus will be given to facilitating valuable conversations around death, dying and loss; with the programme providing extensive support for nurses dealing with the challenges posed by their own sense of loss and grief.

Maggie Bisset, a Nurse Consultant working in palliative care for over 35 years and a key contributor to the programme, said: “I have always engaged with nursing models to help shape my approach to care, and to try and help me find my identity as a nurse. I have used The Lantern Model to great success in creating a strategy for my own NHS organisation, and I’ve also found it very helpful when interviewing clinical specialists. It holds inside it what I think are the most important aspects of palliative and end of life care.”

Speaking after watching a one-off Lantern Model webinar in 2021, a healthcare professional also noted the comprehensive nature of the approach, saying: “The most amazing aspect of the Lantern Model is how complete it is – it goes from helping nurses to providing patients and their loved ones with the very best care, and spreads right into improving wider organisational values.”

Anybody wishing to take part in the upcoming 12-month programme is strongly encouraged to claim their place now, as content will made available from 1 April and registration will close shortly afterwards.

Please visit the St Christopher’s website here to sign up now, or find out more about the Lantern Model itself here.



About St Christopher’s Hospice

  • We were founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, who started the global hospice movement with the opening of St Christopher’s in 1967.
  • We are a charity, and we provide care and services free of charge. Though we are partially funded by the NHS, the majority of our running costs are very generously met by public donations. Each year, we need to raise at least £15million.
  • Our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.
  • Our goal is to help people live well until they die, and support those affected by the loss of a friend or relative. We know that each person is unique and we tailor our care to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms.
  • We strongly believe that everyone should have access to the best care at the end of their lives and through a blend of expert practice, education and research we work with people across the world to improve and develop hospice care.
  • We usually have over 1,300 people under our care at any one time, and last year we provided care and support to over 5,000 patients and 2,000 families and carers across South London, both at home, out in the community and in the hospice.
  • We have over 500 dedicated staff and over 1,000 amazing volunteers.
  • You can support the hospice by donating, volunteering or shopping at one of our 26 local high street shops.
  • You can find our website by searching “” online, and we are also on social media – search @StChrisHospice on Twitter and Instagram.


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