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Updates to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning

Posted on: January 6th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A new session on The management of diabetes at the end of life has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme.

This new session explores the prevalence of diabetes, therapeutic approaches and practical decision making in patients who are approaching the end of life.

Ten sessions have also recently been updated within the programme.

These sessions are:

Updates to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A new session and two new learning paths have been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme.

The Registered Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death session aims to highlight the processes and responsibilities of a registered nurse when verifying an expected adult death. It is designed to support the Special Edition of Care After Death: Registered Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death (RNVoEAD) guidance (Hospice UK 2020).

This session has also been added to the e-ELCA Resources to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care learning path which was created to support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two new learning paths have also been added to the e-learning programme.

The e-ELCA Learning Path for General Practitioners with an Interest in Palliative and End-of-Life Care  has been designed for GPs who are looking to develop and maintain their palliative care knowledge. It will also be useful for GP trainees completing a placement in a hospice. It was designed with reference to sessions in the End of Life Care module in the e-GP programme and provides supplementary knowledge to this.

The e-ELCA Renal Learning Path is designed to support health care professionals involved in the care of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. It includes sessions which focus on the trajectory of illness and planning for the future, discussions around specific interventions, medical management and symptom control.

e-ELCA module in Advance Care Planning updated

Posted on: May 22nd, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

The Advanced Care Planning module in e-ELCA has been reviewed and updated as part of the rolling review of materials across the e-learning programme. Specialists in Advance Care Planning edited the 19 sessions to ensure the content remains relevant and is up-to-date with the latest standards and guidelines.

The Advanced Care Planning module is aimed at all staff delivering end of life care and covers a broad range of content such as principles of advance care planning, spiritual and cultural considerations, conducting conversations and illness trajectories.

For more information on the e-ELCA programme, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/. For social care workers, administrative and clerical staff and volunteers, a public access version of e-ELCA is available here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care-for-all-public-access/.

e-ELCA Update

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

New sessions

A new session has been completed and can be accessed on e-ELCA: 5.24 – Culturally sensitive palliative and end of life care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Many thanks to Claude Chidiac for writing this session.

Work has continued on a new session on the AMBER care bundle. Further new sessions are currently in the very early stages of development.

Session updates

The following session updates have been uploaded to e-ELCA recently:

  • 10 – Things which block good communication
  • 19 – Care after death I – introduction to care after death
  • 20 – Care after death II – providing personal care after death.

Alongside this, multiple session updates are currently in progress. 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 us.

Learning paths

Learning paths are a useful way of identifying e-ELCA sessions that could be useful for your own learning, as well as for the education of others. Recently, learning paths for specialists in palliative care and those working in nursing homes (both nurses and carers) have been uploaded to the e-ELCA resource.

A learning path for medical students has been developed following discussion at the APM undergraduate education special interest forum and mapping to the APM medical student curriculum. This will be uploaded to the e-ELCA programme soon, please watch out for tweets about this. This learning path comprises core, additional and case study sessions and is relevant for all medical students on clinical placements.


We have had a poster accepted at The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM) Supportive and Palliative Care Conference that is taking place in Harrogate in March, where we will also be on the APM stand. Please come and find us!

Follow us on Twitter @cmf_elca to be kept up to date on new sessions, session updates and other important updates.


Rich Kitchen

APM e-ELCA lead

Email: richard.kitchen@nhs.net

Twitter: @cmf_elca

Youtube: e-ELCA

e-ELCA URL: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/

e-ELCA update

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

As the new clinical lead for the e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) I am excited about being involved in the programme, helping to shape its future and to tell even more people about this fantastic resource.

e-ELCA is a palliative care e-learning resource developed in partnership with and hosted on the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform. e-ELCA is relevant to all professionals involved in delivering end of life care. It covers a range of pertinent themes, from clinical topics including symptom control, to communication skills and spiritual care.

The programme was initially developed as a response to the End of Life Care Strategy between 2009 and 2011, as a collaboration between e-LfH and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM). Since this time the number of sessions has grown and the programme currently has 160 sessions across nine modules. All sessions are subject to a rolling review to ensure they are contemporary. A significant update to many sessions was carried out following the publication of the One Chance to Get it Right Report in 2014.

Of note, e-ELCA is easily accessible and free of charge to all relevant users in health and social care. The programme can be accessed at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care. It can also be accessed via OpenAthens and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Updates about the e-learning programme are also broadcast via Twitter using this handle: @cmf_elca

The programme was initially designed to support education of generalists in palliative care. Whilst some sessions therefore may not build on the knowledge of specialty trainees in palliative medicine, they can be used effectively in teaching. e-ELCA sessions have shown to be particularly effective as part of ‘blended learning’. For example, following some recent teaching on body image and sexuality in palliative care with a group of medical students, I directed them to session 3.28 (“I’m not loveable anymore” – discussing intimacy in end of life care) to drive home the learning on a topic they were previously unfamiliar with. Sessions could also be used to build on learning from case studies, and to help students identify future learning objectives.

More recently, a module on specialist content has been developed. Sessions within this include intrathecal drug delivery and tracheostomy care; very useful learning materials that can be used alongside directly-observed procedural skills (DOPS) on the specialist palliative medicine curriculum. Further sessions in this module include heart failure in end of life care and non-invasive ventilation in motor neurone disease. Additionally, we are currently mapping the specialist palliative medicine curriculum to e-ELCA to identify which sessions could be used towards which competencies. When this work is complete I will ensure it is quickly distributed.

Many thanks for reading this. If you have queries please contact me at richard.kitchen@nhs.net or via Twitter – @cmf_elca

Rich Kitchen, APM e-ELCA lead

e-ELCA Update

Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

As the new clinical lead for the e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) I am excited about being involved in the programme, helping to shape its future and tell even more people about this fantastic resource.

The e-learning 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.

HospiceUK conference

We had the exciting opportunity of presenting at the HospiceUK conference in Liverpool last month, as well as having a stand for the three-day duration of the conference. The presentation contained a session on how to navigate e-ELCA, as well as a discussion around educational strategies that could maximise its effectiveness (including blended learning).

We met a number of people at our stand as well as directly after the presentation. Many thanks for all of those who came to speak to us. I hope we were able to answer any queries. If you would like to ask anything please contact me at the addresses below.

Recent developments and future plans

e-ELCA comprises over 160 learning sessions. A key element of their quality is regular review. There is an ongoing programme of updating sessions to ensure they are all up-to-date. If you would have an interest in helping with this process then please get in contact with me.

Recent sessions have been updated in the form of 2.13 (Assessing Urgent Situations with Limited Information), 5.6 (Case study in Motor Neurone Disease (MND)) and 5.23 (Framework for End of Life Care in Advanced Kidney Disease. We are also in the process of updating the whole of modules 1 (advance care planning) and 6 (social care).

The new non-invasive ventilation in MND session is now complete and is soon to be uploaded to module 10 of the programme (specialist content). Please keep an eye out for this. Other sessions in development are culturally sensitive palliative and end of life care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and the Amber Care Bundle.

Alongside this new material, we are determined to utilise our current resources to their maximum effect. With this we are developing a communications strategy to keep you as aware as possible of programme developments. We will be utilising Twitter for this as well as regular updates in the APM bulletin and APM trainee newsletter. Please follow @cmf_elca and @HEE_TEL for regular updates.


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

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