End of life care head takes up new role with National Council for Palliative Care
February 04, 2014
Claire Henry, Head of Programmes for Long Term Conditions and
End of Life Care, will be leaving NHS Improving Quality at the end
of March to take on the role of Chief Executive at the National
Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).
She has had a tireless commitment to improving end of life care
throughout her career, from working as a nurse in cancer and
palliative care through to being awarded an MBE in the Queen's
Birthday Honours 2013. Last year Claire also received a lifetime
achievement award at the International Journal of Palliative
Nursing Awards, sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Claire said: "I am delighted to accept this exciting and
challenging role as Chief Executive of the National Council for
Palliative Care. With an impressive track record, NCPC is a
passionate and driven organisation committed to improving the
quality of palliative and end of life care for all those who need
it and their loved ones.
"I am looking forward to working inclusively and collaboratively
to make a real, significant difference to the care of people who
are dying, and to continuing the fantastic work Dying Matters has
been leading to make it easier for people to talk openly about
dying, death and bereavement.
"While great progress has been made over recent years we still
have a long way to go - change simply is not happening quickly
enough for people who need quality care now.
"I know first-hand that the NCPC team works tirelessly to break
down barriers, campaign for change, reduce inequalities and raise
standards of care. I am honoured to be a part of their work and
incredibly eager to get started.
"I would like to thank current NCPC Chief Executive Eve
Richardson for her years of dedicated, inspiring and unwavering
commitment to palliative and end of life care - she will be greatly
Richard Jeavons, NHS Improving Quality Interim Managing
Director, said: "Congratulations to Claire on this well-deserved
"In the short time I've known Claire her commitment and passion
for improving the care of people who are dying has clearly shone
through and I'm sure she will do NCPC proud. That being said, she
will be greatly missed and we will be sad to see her leave the NHS
Improving Quality team."
Prior to working at NHS Improving Quality Claire was Programme
Director for the National End of Life Care Programme, which
supported the implementation of the National End of Life Care
Strategy for England.
Her previous roles have included National Director for the NHS
End of Life Care Programme supporting strategic health authorities,
primary care trusts and other organisations to improve the quality
of care for all adult patients nearing the end of life. She had a
number of roles within the Cancer Services Collaborative
'Improvement Partnership' supporting cancer networks in the
implementation of service redesign for cancer services.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chairman of the National Council for
Palliative Care, said: "The Trustees are really pleased to have
appointed someone with Claire Henry's excellent track record and
experience to lead the organisation at such an important time.
"Claire combines real expertise in end of life care with the
drive, determination and commitment to working collaboratively that
is needed to ensure improving care and support for people who are
dying is high on everyone's agenda.
"Her appointment is a great opportunity to grow the impact of
our work. Whilst there have been welcome improvements in end of
life care there is a real and urgent need to transform care so that
it meets the needs of all those who are dying, whoever they are,
whatever their diagnosis and wherever they live.
"Claire will bring the leadership necessary to ensure a strong
voice for end of life care at a time of great opportunity but also
challenges in a rapidly changing health and social care
For further information please contact Joe Levenson, Director of
Communications at the National Council for Palliative Care on 020
7697 1520 or 07795 158003.
The National Council for Palliative Care (www.ncpc.org.uk) is the umbrella
charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and
hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also leads
the Dying Matters Coalition (www.dyingmatters.org) which
aims to help transform public attitudes towards dying, death and
bereavement in England