Welcome to Claire Henry Associates

Claire Henry Associates works with like-minded consultants and people with personal experience who focus is to improve palliative and end of life care by working in collaboration with others to make this happen

Marie Cooper RGN BSc MSc

Marie is a nurse with 35 years’ experience of clinical leadership with an expertise in practice development across a range of care settings. These include acute & community trusts, hospices and a South African community township. Having delivered change in her previous roles, she now supports others to do so. Her area of interest is in working with 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 such as the CQC, Dementia UK and NHS England.  Key projects included the leadership of several communities of practice; patient safety benchmarking and the development of national clinical guidelines. Marie also collaborated on the development of the Hospice UK Quality Improvement (QI) programme for hospice and worked with acute hospital colleagues on a QI project to understand the experience of the end of life care through the eyes of the carer within their hospitals.

Marie continues to be kept busy looking after her amazing 94-year-old mother and working as a freelance consultant – offering project management, mentoring and facilitation for individual nurses and nursing teams as well as working with like-minded associates on improvement initiatives.


Claire Henry MBE RGN BSc(hons) PGDip

With over 30 years working in clinical, managerial and quality improvement within the NHS and 3rd sector, Claire has an abundance of experience in palliative and end of life care.

Claire brings flexibility, energy, humour, creativity and curiosity to all she does focusing on what makes the difference to people in relation to end of life care.

Claire has led national programmes and independent reviews including the NHS End of Life Care Programme which supported the implementation of the National End of Life Care Strategy for England and National Choice offer for end of life care “What’s important to me”.

Claire has been actively involved in community engagement and developments nationally including Dying Matters which she led for 3 years. She was also co- founder of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses.

In 2013 Claire was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to improving end-of-life care and in the same year received a lifetime achievement award from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

More recently Claire has been working independently supporting health and social care organisations in a variety of aspects relating to palliative and end of life care, alongside visiting researcher University of Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care research group.

During any free time, Claire has she loves watching rugby and taking long walks with her two very lively springer spaniels


Gina King RN DN BSc (palliative care)

Gina is a Lead Trainer and Consultant specialising in palliative and end of life care. With more than 25 years’ experience in the field, her previous roles have included Commissioner for End of Life, implementing county wide policies and services and the NHS England  Lead for End of Life for Thames Valley and South West. Gina’s background is in nursing; worked predominately in cancer and palliative care within the hospital, community and hospice environment. She is the author of “Providing quality care at the end of life” in A Textbook of Community Nursing and a Director of “In the End Care". Currently she is working as the End of Lead for NHS England /Improvement, in the South West .


Making a difference to improve care and support in end of life care

  • Be flexible and responsive

    "The human capacity for burden is like bamboo - far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance."


  • Be honest and open

    "Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”

  • Be client focused

    "The most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

  • Be passionate about improvement

    "Make improvements, not excuses."

  • Be collaborative and work in partnership

    "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."