End of Life Care - elearning for healthcare
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  • Association for Palliative Medicine

About the End-of-life care for all programme

The End-of-life care for all (e-ELCA) elearning programme aims to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce so that well-informed high-quality care can be delivered by confident and competent staff and volunteers to support people wherever they happen to be.

e-ELCA sessions have been highlighted as a resource to help with implementation of the NICE Guidelines on improving care for people who are in their last days of life.

There are over 170 highly interactive sessions which are grouped into nine modules:

Select the button below to view/download a programme guide which introduces e-ELCA and details all the sessions available.

e-ELCA programme guide >

Priorities for care of the dying person

The care of people that are dying and support for their families is something that almost all health and social care staff contribute to, consider of great importance in their role and can get great satisfaction from. However, there is a high level of concern that patients and their families are not being cared for with sufficient dignity, compassion or expertise and that there is much that can be improved in their experience in the last days of their life.

e-ELCA is a resource that can provide a great deal of support for the development of staff. It is however unlikely to be the only training element that staff will require.

A small number of sessions have been identified as ‘core’ and ‘additional’ for a range of staff groups, which focus specifically on care in the last few days and hours of life. Sessions in e-ELCA have also been mapped to the nine high-level learning objectives in the One Chance to Get it Right report developed by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People in 2014.

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Priorities for care of the dying person >

Assess your own training needs

Training needs analysis tools are available to help you assess your own training needs. These will help you to identify your areas of strength and those you need to focus on.

Select the button below to view.

Training needs analysis >

Core and additional e-ELCA sessions for specific staff groups have been collated and are available as learning paths:

This video may help new users to e-ELCA, and educators, learn what may be useful to integrate into their teaching about the Priorities for care of the dying person to support a blended learning approach.

Learning paths

e-ELCA also offers learning paths which provide targeted learning for specific staff groups, defined curricula, and condition-specific end-of-life care.

Learning paths can help to guide users in choosing sessions of most relevance to their learning. The learning path is a starting point and should be modified to suit your own needs and prior experience.

Learning paths can be created to meet the specific learning needs of individual trusts or organisations. Contact the e-ELCA team to enquire.

Please select the buttons below to view the learning paths currently available.

Executive group

  • Patricia Howe

    Patricia Howe

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Claire Beattie

    Claire Beattie

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Richard Kitchen

    Dr Richard Kitchen

    Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) Clinical Lead for e-ELCA
  • Dr Iain Lawrie

    President, Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

Project team

  • Richard Kitchen

    Dr Richard Kitchen

    Clinical Lead
  • Claire Beattie

    Claire Beattie

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare,

Project team (2009 to 2017)

  • Bee Wee

    Professor Bee Wee

    Clinical Lead (2009-2013)
  • Claire Henry

    Claire Henry

    National Programme Director, National End of Life Care Programme (2010-2013)
  • Christina Faull

    Professor Christina Faull

    Clinical Lead (2013-2017)
  • Profile picture of content editor Victoria Winlow

    Victoria Winlow

    Assistant Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare (2010-2017)
  • Glenis Freeman

    Glenis Freeman

    Independent Consultant (2010-2017)

Original module editors

  • Communication skills
    • Esther Waterhouse and Andrew Thorns
  • Assessment
    • Jayne Chidgey-Clark
  • Bereavement
    • Karen Henry
  • Spirituality
    • Margaret Holloway
  • Symptom management
    • Martine Meyer
  • Integrating learning
    • Martine Meyer, Andrew Thorns and Jo Wilson
  • Advance care planning
    • Shaun Kinghorn
  • Social care
    • Tes Smith

How to access

Free sessions

A number of e-ELCA elearning sessions are freely available to all, with no registration required. Should you require a record of your activity or a certificate of completion, you will need to register.

Free access >

In order to access the e-ELCA programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the e-ELCA programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The e-ELCA programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Access for care home or hospice staff

To register for the e-ELCA programme, select the ‘Register’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Select the option ‘I am a care home or hospice worker’ then enter your care home / hospice name or postcode and select it from the options available in the drop down list. Finally enter your care home / hospice registration code and select ‘Register’. You may need to see your employer to get this code.

If your employer does not have a code, then they need to contact the elfh Support Team. The Support Team can either give the employer the registration code or arrange a bulk upload of all staff.

Detailed instructions on how to gain access are available here.

Access for social care professionals

Access to elfh content is available to all social care professionals in England whose employers are registered with the Skills for Care Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS). Every employer providing ASC-WDS workforce information to Skills for Care has been given a user registration code for their staff. This code enables you to self-register for access to e-ELCA. Please contact your employer for more details about the registration code.

For information about registering your organisation with the NMDS-SC your employer should access: https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/Contact-us/Contact-details.aspx#NMDSSC or contact the Skills for Care Support Service via email: ascwds-support@skillsforcare.org.uk or telephone: 0113 241 0969.

If you have a registration code, you can register by clicking here.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the e-ELCA programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the e-ELCA programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.
You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the e-ELCA programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

More information

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