End of life care training – Learn Online from the APM & HEE

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Last Update August 10, 2022
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Course Prerequisites

  • Please note that this course has the following prerequisites which must be completed before it can be accessed

About This Course

End of life care training – Learn Online & Get Certification from the APM & HEE

This multidisciplinary e-learning resource covers the knowledge and skills needed to deliver the highest quality care to people nearing the end of their lives. It is suitable for nurses, doctors, allied care professionals, care home workers and care agency staff anywhere in the world.

Comprehensive care training for practitioners globally

The learning content covers a wide range of topics, include advance care planning, social care and symptom management. It also covers softer skills, such as communication, that are vital in caring for patients and their families. This end of life care course is highly interactive, with videos, self-assessment questions and case studies to help you reflect on the difficult issues and put learning in a practical context.

Test your knowledge with interactive exercises

You can test how you would respond in certain scenarios, such as dealing with a patient’s concerns about their condition. There is a strong focus on understanding the psychological and spiritual aspects of terminal illness.

The content has been written by a multidisciplinary team of experts in conjunction with the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. So, it meets the highest professional standards.

Easy online access

You can access e-ELCA via the Internet so you can study at your own pace in the workplace, at home or even on the move.

e-ELCA features over 160 highly interactive sessions that are arranged into eight modules.

Learning Objectives

By Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland
By Health Education England

Target Audience

  • It is suitable for nurses, doctors, allied care professionals, care home workers and care agency staff anywhere in the world.


Module 0 – Introduction

1. Introduction to the programme 2. Relationship between palliative care and end of life care

Module 1 – Advance Care Planning

1. Principles 2. Context 3. Process 4. Developing practice

Module 2 – Assessment

1. Principles 2. Domains 3. Context 4. Process

Module 3 – Communication Skills

1. Principles 2. Basic skills 3. Modes of communication 4. Specific contexts 5. Challenging scenarios

Module 4 – Symptom Management

1. Principles 2. Pain 3. Breathlessness 4. Nausea, vomiting and constipation 5. Emergencies 6. Last days of life 7. General issues 8. Mood 9. Advanced illness

Module 5 – Integrated Learning

1. Initiating conversations about end of life care 2. Condition-specific case studies 3. Critical situations 4. Scenarios around dying 5. Care after death 6. Frameworks and tools

Module 6 – Social Care

1. Supporting people to live and die well 2. Palliative care social work 3. Assessment in end of life care 4. Support and care planning at end of life 5. Hospital social work 6. End of life care in care homes and domiciliary care settings

Module 7 – Bereavement

1. Talking about death and dying 2. Assessment of carers’ needs 3. Practical support after a bereavement 4. Sudden death and bereavement 5. Emotional support and signposting 6. Children and bereavement

Module 8 – Spirituality

1. Spirituality and the philosophy of end of life care 2. Understanding and assessing spiritual need and spiritual distress 3. Spiritual care and models of spiritual intervention 4. Spiritual resources and quality of life 5. Spirituality and the multidisciplinary team 6. Spirituality in the community

Module 9 – Priorities of Care for the Dying Person

Learning paths for different staff groups, based around the priorities of care for the dying person.

Module 10 – Specialist Content

Content designed for specialists in palliative care. For a full list of all the modules and sessions for our programmes, please go to: http://portal.eintegrity.org/catalogue

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