End of Life Learning Path FAQs

The learning path was developed for all health and social care staff. Here are some of our End of Life Learning Path FAQs, but please get in touch if your question isn’t covered.

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The End of Life Learning Path was developed for all health and social care staff. The education group recognise that the e-learning sessions may vary in ease and difficulty depending upon an individual’s background. Suppose there is a session that you have found challenging or that requires additional clarification. In that case, you may choose to attend a face-to-face session that will provide the opportunity to discuss the subject in more detail.

It will increase your confidence in talking with and caring for people and families at the end of life and improve the quality of care. For registered nurses, it will contribute to the revalidation process.

You must register for e-ELCA to access the e-learning to undertake the learning path. If you are not already registered, you can do so here.  You must also register via the Cornwall Hospice Care website to enrol on the learning path here.

E-LfH is a national online learning resource developed by the Department of Health. It contains thousands of e-learning sessions on various subjects created by health professionals nationwide. e-ELCA is the end of life care section within e-LfH, which contains sessions on the skills and knowledge that underpin high-quality end-of-life care.

Your local learning path link within your organisation/locality will provide you with your learning passport.

The Learning Log, Reflective Account and Evidence Sheets can be stored electronically or within your handheld passport. More information on using these sheets is available from your local link and within the passport. In addition to this, there is an option following the completion of each e-learning session to download a certificate, these can also be stored electronically or within your handheld passport.

Within your learning log, there is the opportunity for you to record informal learning, for example, at the patient’s bedside. This is not recognised as part of the two hours of face-to-face learning required to complete the learning path but is still essential for education, reflection and revalidation.

No. Two hours of face-to-face education are required, but these can be part of a relevant study day or shorter sessions.

The e-ELCA section of e-LfH has many exciting sessions to choose from. You may select a disease-specific session, i.e. dementia, relevant to an area within which you work, i.e. a care home, or to a particular aspect of care, i.e. managing agitation.

A learning buddy promotes learning and helps others to enhance their learning. To complete your learning path, you will be asked to reflect upon the experience with a learning buddy. This may be the learning path link within your organisation, your palliative and end of life care link nurse, a local specialist palliative care team member, or a colleague who has previously completed the learning path.

Once you have fully completed your learning passport, you must contact your local learning path. They will meet with you, review your passport and present you with your badge.

The learning path was developed by the Cornwall End of Life education group and was approved by the Cornwall End of Life Strategy Group. These are local cross-boundary groups with representation from primary, secondary and social care, all of whom have endorsed the development of the learning path. e-ELCA is a nationally recognised programme.

To complete the learning path, you can incorporate face-to-face education that you have undertaken in the six months before commencing the learning path. To do this, you will need to have a certificate relating to the activity as evidence, this can be stored in your learning passport.

If you work in a nursing/care home, hospice or social care setting, you can still register for e-ELCA. You will be required to enter a code for your organisation. You should speak to your employer, who will be able to supply this. If your organisation does not have a code, your employer can obtain one by contacting the e-LfH support team directly. Watch the ‘how to register’ video for more information.

You will find the e-learning content for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly End of Life Learning Path within the e-ELCA content page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Learning paths – Organisations tab.

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