e-ELCA is a national e-learning programme developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare in partnership with the APM. e-ELCA 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. It is available to health and social care workers including those who work in hospices. Content has been written by specialists in palliative care including many members of the APM. Professor Christina Faull is the current APM lead for the work.

For more information please visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/

The e-learning resources of e-ELCA are universally praised but the biggest criticism is that people don’t know about them. APM members, who have contributed hugely to the development of the 150 sessions, are also key to making e-ELCA used to it’s full potential.

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What’s happening in e-ELCA…May 2017

Writing an advance decision to refuse treatment
This new session (01_06b) complements sessions 01_05 Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment: Principles and 01_06a Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment in Practice. It uses four cases studies to help professionals think about how to support patients in the process of creating an advance decision to refuse treatment for different circumstances:

  • A current life limiting condition
  • Planning for cognitive decline in dementia
  • A well patient.

Examples of potential wording are taken from the work of the charity My Living Will. This was quite a challenging session to write and we hope you find it useful.


``I'm not loveable anymore`` - discussing intimacy in end of life care

Session 03_28 “I’m not loveable anymore” – discussing intimacy in end of life care has been significantly updated. Thank you to Bridget Taylor for her help with this. Bridget Taylor is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Community Palliative Care at Sobell House, Oxford. In her PhD, Bridget explored sexuality and intimacy in advanced cancer and motor neurone disease.

Intrathecal drug delivery

This new session (10_01) provides an overview of intrathecal drug delivery (ITDD) for the management of cancer pain. It aims to enhance the understanding of which patients may benefit from this approach and the principles which govern the safe use of ITDD systems. This session supports all palliative medicine physicians and nursing staff, and those caring for a patient using intrathecal analgesia.

Motor Neurone Disease Learning Path
A specific learning path: ELCA Motor Neurone Disease Learning Path has been developed and includes a number of sessions that will support professionals in caring for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Two sessions have a specific focus on MND:

05_04 Initiating conversations about EoLC: long term neurological conditions

05_06 Case Study Motor Neurone Disease

Other sessions address some key challenges that arise in the care of people with MND and some sessions will help professionals ensure that care is focussed on the holistic needs of patients and their families.

New End of Life Care Framework
A new framework to personalise services for end of life care patients and their families has been released. Health Education England commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care to develop the End of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework, which is set to standardise training for health and social work professionals working with patients needing end of life care.

e-ELCA is referenced throughout the framework as key sessions have been mapped to each subject.

For more information on e-ELCA visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/ and take a look at the e-ELCA YouTube channel.

e-ELCA Update – January 2017

Access - OpenAthens
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) is adding the e-LfH Hub and its thousands of e-learning sessions to the list of OpenAthens resources to make it easier for certain groups of the health and social care workforce to access e-LfH’s e-learning.

OpenAthens is a service that allows people to access a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.

The OpenAthens eligibility criteria, which are managed by NICE, cover anyone working directly with NHS patients. Anyone working directly on the development and/or delivery of training materials for either NHS staff or NHS patients within an organisation that provides NHS-commissioned care or commissions care for NHS patients in England is also covered. This includes charities, voluntary organisations, local authorities, arm’s length bodies and healthcare students.

For more detailed information on the eligibility criteria, and to register, please visit: www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases/openathens/openathens-eligibility

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit: http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/get-started/openathens/

Access - Care homes and hospices
If you work within a care home or a hospice access to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA), and other e-LfH programmes, is now really simple. Each care home and hospice has its own registration code and once your manager has requested this, you can use it to register for free access here: http://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/support/

There is also an instruction leaflet available should you need one.

New session - Symptom Management for the Dying Adult

We have recently developed a new session within the e-ELCA programme ‘Symptom Management for the Dying Adult’. This session provides a concise guide to the management of physical symptoms that commonly arise when a person is in the last few days to hours of life. This session is for doctors in training (all specialties), core medical and GP trainees, nurses in the community, hospitals and care homes and post registration pharmacists. It may also be useful to more experienced doctors who wish to refresh their knowledge in this area.

GMC - End of Life Care Campaign
The General Medical Council (GMC) want to help doctors apply their guidance on end of life care in practice and deliver good care to patients reaching the end of their life. As part of a range of suggested learning materials the GMC has recommended the e-ELCA session: 05_18 Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making. The session explains the key principles in the guidance and helps you to apply them to some of the common challenges that arise when caring for patients towards the end of their life.

For more information visit:

e-ELCA on the road
You may have met the e-ELCA team at various events and conferences over the last couple of years. We are attending the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) conference in London on 10 March 2017and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) Supportive and Palliative Care Conference in Belfast from 29-31 March 2017.

Finally, as part of the continuing review of our programmes all 158 e-ELCA sessions have been fully reviewed and updated.
For more information visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/

e-ELCA Priorities for Care of the Dying Person

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



The e-ELCA post has been published on the EAPC Blog and also linked to the EAPC’s Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages and to the Facebook page of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). This post is a clear and useful guide to the e-learning tool.

e-ELCA and NICE NG31 Guidelines
e-ELCA and NICE NG31 guidelines

e-ELCA sessions have been highlighted as a resource to help with implementation of the NICE NG31 guidelines. The key sessions signposted are:

  • Assessment of dying phase and after death care (02_14)
  • “What will it be like?” – talkin