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e-ELCA Update from the programme’s clinical lead

Rich Kitchen, 29 June 2018
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My role as Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) elearning programme lead carries on and this continues to be an interesting post! Our focus remains on keeping the programme up-to-date alongside increasing awareness of e-ELCA through regular communications.

Presented below is an update on developments of the programme over the last few months.

New sessions

Work has continued on two new sessions:

  • Culturally sensitive palliative and end of life care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
  • The AMBER care bundle.

Both sessions will form part of module 5: Integrating learning in end of life care. They will be uploaded to the programme when they are available.

Session updates

Multiple sessions have been updated recently:

  • 26 – What Will it Be Like Talking About the Dying Process
  • 9 – Drug Management of Pain: Core Knowledge
  • 10 – Opioids in Pain Management: Advanced Knowledge
  • 23a – Recognising the Last Months and Days of Life and Verifying Death
  • 12 – Dying in Acute Hospitals
  • 17 – Dying in Intensive Care.

Session updates will continue on a regular basis, and many thanks to those who have contributed to this process. If anyone would like to get involved in this then please contact using the addresses below.

Learning paths

Note that learning paths have been re-organised on the e-ELCA website for ease of use. They are now divided into those for specific conditions (such as Motor Neurone Disease), those for specific groups/professions (such as ambulance personnel) and those designed for specific organisations.

The Specialist Palliative Care Learning Path is now available on the e-ELCA website. This was designed through mapping e-ELCA to the Royal College of Physicians (UK) palliative medicine specialty curriculum. Sessions within this learning path are likely to be helpful for the education of specialty registrars, consultants, SAS doctors and specialist nurses working in specialist palliative care.

The next learning paths that will be available are those for care home registered nurses and care home carers. A tweet will be sent when these are on the e-ELCA website.

Communications strategy

This remains an important approach in increasing our audience. We continue to utilise Twitter to inform followers of new sessions, session updates and other important updates. Please follow us @cmf_elca and @HEE_TEL to receive these. We also continue to publish other blogs and have a presence, either in person or through leaflets, at a number of conferences.

Future plans

A number of ideas for new sessions are being considered. We are open to further ideas and would be happy to receive feedback at the contacts below.

The ongoing process of session updates will also continue.


Rich Kitchen
APM e-ELCA lead
Email: richard.kitchen@nhs.net
Twitter: @cmf_elca
Youtube: e-ELCA
e-ELCA URL: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/

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