Welcome to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly End of Life Learning Path

The Cornwall End of Life Education Group was formed by representatives from Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cornwall Hospice Care, Kernow Health CIC and representatives from our independent community care providers. The group set out to address the education needs of the healthcare workforce across Cornwall in relation to end of life care.

Our challenge was to develop and deliver high quality, accessible education for staff that are committed to delivering excellence in care to patients at the end of life. The education group recognised the considerable difficulties faced by staff in trying to access education and training.

The nature of Cornwall’s geography can make attendance at training events and study days expensive and time consuming, making them prohibitive for some. In an attempt to respond to these educational challenges the group set about taking advantage of the excellent department of health e-learning for health (e-LfH) end of life care (e-ELCA) sessions by constructing a local learning path of face to face and e-learning.

It was decided from the outset that the learning path should be available across the entire health and social care community. As such it has been developed to guide and support staff working in both primary, secondary and social care. The electronic learning path is supported by a hand held passport which provides a platform for discussion and evidence of the learning achieved. In addition to this there is a programme of face to face education sessions available locally.

If aren’t registered on e-ELCA you can use the link below;

How to register for the Cornwall & IOS Learning path


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the learning path for?

The 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 individuals background. If there is a session that you have found challenging, or that requires additional clarification you may choose to attend a face to face session that will provide the opportunity to discuss the subject in more detail.

Why should I undertake the End of Life learning path?

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

How do I start my learning path?

To undertake the learning path you will need to registered for e-ELCA in order to access the e-learning. If you are not already registered you can do so here. You will also need register with Cornwall Hospice Care to enrol on the learning path.

What is the difference between e-LfH and e-ELCA?

E-LfH is an national online learning resource developed by the department of health. It contains thousands of e-learning sessions on an extensive range of subjects developed by health professionals across the country. 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

How do I get my learning passport?

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

Find learning path link details here. 

How do I evidence my learning?

Using the Learning Log, Reflective Account and Evidence Sheets these can be stored electronically or within your hand held passport.

More information on how to use these sheets is available from your local link and within the passport.

In addition to this there is an option following completion of each e-learning session to download a certificate, these can also be stored electronically or within your hand held passport.

Where can I access my face to face learning?

Does additional informal learning count?

Within your learning log there is the opportunity for you to record informal learning, for example at the patient 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 a very important aspect for education, reflection and revalidation.

Do I need to complete my two hours of face to face education in one session?

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

What optional module should I choose?

Within the e-ELCA section of e-LfH there are many interesting sessions to choose from. You may choose a session which is disease specific ie dementia, relevant to an area within which you work ie a care home, or to a particular aspect of care ie managing agitation.

What is an end of life learning buddy?

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 member of your local specialist palliative care team, or a colleague who has previously completed the learning path.

What happens when I complete my passport?

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

Where is my Cornwall Learning Path recognised?

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 who have endorsed the development of the learning path. e-ELCA is a nationally recognised programme

Does my past learning count?

To complete the learning path you can incorporate face to face education that you have undertaken in the six months prior to 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.

Can I register for e-ELCA if I do not have a NHS email account?

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 currently have code, your employer can obtain one by contacting the e-LfH support team directly. What the ‘how to register’ video for more information.

Where do I find the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly learning path within e-ELCA?

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 tab labelled ‘Learning paths – Organisations.


Professor Christina Faull e-ELCA Clinical Lead (2013-2017)

I am delighted to support this initiative.  e-ELCA will support learning for you in the very special nature of the geography in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It will really enhance your face-to-face and group learning.

You can do e-ELCA sessions on your phone, tablet or on a computer and most take around 20 minutes.  Have a cup of tea and get stuck in!

The sessions included in the learning pathway are really fundamental to delivering high quality care for patients and their families.  We have had so many reports telling us that communication needs to improve and the sessions  03.31 and 03.32  are really important in addressing  your learning objective Demonstrate how to communicate about dying with the person, and those who are important to them.

I notice that you are directed to undertake a session of your choice. My personal favourite session is Spirituality and Philosophy of End of Life Care (08.01). It’s a session that makes me think and reflect even after more than 25 years of supporting people who are dying. The importance of the holistic approach to people in finding themselves is so beautifully articulated through a patient video. A good way to spend those 20 minutes!