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New GMC e-learning session on end of life care now available

Posted on: July 29th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

A new elearning session focusing on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) new guidance on treatment and care towards the end of life is now available to all doctors via e-ELCA, End of Life Care for All. The session, Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making, explains the key principles in the guidance and helps doctors to apply the principles in the guidance to some of the common challenges that arise when caring for patients towards the end of life.

e-ELCA is a free and innovative elearning resource that aims to enhance the training and education of those involved in delivering end of life care. Commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) to support the National End of Life Care Strategy (2008), e-ELCA has been developed by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland in partnership with elfh.

The GMC session explores the fictional case studies of two patients with different conditions and allows the users to work through the decision making process alongside the doctor, the patient and those close to them. The case studies cover both managing a patient’s request for treatment and a patient’s advance refusal of treatment, and give doctors guidance about areas of practice including clinically assisted nutrition and hydration and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Interactive exercises and multiple choice questions are included to test the learners’ knowledge and animation and imagery help create a visually engaging experience. Opportunities for personal reflection are provided throughout.

e-ELCA is broken down into four core areas (advance care planning, assessment, communication skills and symptom management). Each area consists of a number of elearning sessions which are intuitive and easy to use. Each session takes around 20 minutes to complete to fit in with busy working lives. The session on the GMC guidance is included in the fifth area, Integrated Learning, which aims to integrate learning from the other areas through the use of case studies.

Bee Wee, National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA said: “e-ELCA is a groundbreaking elearning resource designed to ensure that well informed high quality end of life care can be delivered by confident and competent health and social care professionals wherever the person happens to be. We would like to thank the GMC for their support in the development of this new session and in helping us to ensure that e-ELCA comprehensively covers all aspects and issues surrounding end of life care.

Jane O’Brien, Assistant Director, Standards at the GMC, said: “The GMC has for the first time provided guidance for doctors on some of the most challenging issues when treating patients towards the end of life, including advance care planning, how to respond to a patient’s advance request for treatment and a doctors’ responsibilities after a patient has died. These were all issues around which doctors and patients asked the GMC for further guidance. We are delighted to have been able to work with e-ELCA to create an easy to use elearning session that explains the guidance in a straightforward and interactive way. The new e-ELCA session will help doctors to support patients and their families to make emotional and difficult decisions about the care they would like towards the end of life.

Doctors wishing to access this session and benefit from e-ELCA as a whole can register for free at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care.

Latest news on the e-Learning for Healthcare programme

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

The elearning for Healthcare programme is being re-evaluated in the new financial climate and we are working to ensure its sustainability as part of a wider educational strategy through a review of Technology Enhanced Learning. The review will develop an educational framework for the usage of elearning, simulation and other technology enhanced learning systems.

We have identified funding available to maintain the central platform and current content will remain accessible. We are putting further development work on hold until we have completed this review. If you have any queries regarding this please direct your query to: support@e-lfh.org.uk.

User activity reports now available

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

Users of the elearning for healthcare (elfh) Learning Management System (LMS) can now generate reports of their individual elearning activity to use as evidence of training and education.

Developed in response to user feedback, these reports detail which elearning sessions have been completed or partially completed.

Six reports are now available which cover the following areas:

  • Full history of learning activities
  • Learning activities by date or period
  • Learning activities for the current month
  • Learning activities for the previous month
  • Learning activities for this academic year
  • Learning activities for the last academic year

The reports are easily generated via the Report Centre which is located on the left hand menu in the LMS. They can then be downloaded into an Excel format for printing and passed to trainers and tutors or added to portfolios.

The elfh elearning projects benefiting from this new tool are:

A simple online tutorial demonstrating this process is available via the elfh LMS support area on the website.

Online support tutorials now available for users

Posted on: July 12th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

New interactive support tutorials for the elearning for healthcare (elfh) Learning Management System (LMS) are now available for users.

The tutorials guide the users through a range of common tasks and questions that may arise when using the elfh LMS, including:

  • How to enable pop-ups in your browser
  • An overview of the learning management system
  • How to access your learning and search for content
  • How to use learning paths and the personal library
  • How to access certificates and reports

The tutorials are designed in a step-by-step format allowing users to move through them at their own pace and can be accessed on the elfh website at http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/e-lfh-support-home/.

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies