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

The Cornwall End of Life Education Group was formed in order 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the learning path for?

The learning path was developed for registered nurses, allied healthcare professionals, assistant practitioners and healthcare assistants.  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?

Though the learning path will not lead to a formal qualification it will contribute to the revalidation process for registered nurses, more importantly it will improve your confidence in caring for patients and their families at end of life and improve the quality of the care delivered.

How do I start my learning path?

When you initially download your learning log you will be asked to register your details. This ensures that we are able to recognise that you have enrolled on the programme.

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?

Once you have registered here you will find the contact details for individuals who will act as the local learning path link within your organisation/locality and will be able to provide you your learning passport.

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Where can I access my face to face learning?


Does additional informal learning count?


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


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Where is my Cornwall Learning Path recognised?


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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!