There is a wealth of accessible education and training in End of Life Care and Palliative Care from a wide range of providers.

This section of the website will provide an introduction to some of the more well known education packages and some you may not be aware of.

This includes e-learning packages, accredited courses of education and useful online resources.

The Cumbria and Lancashire End of Life Network has worked in partnership with the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network and the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network to develop a programme around End of Life Care aimed at care home staff.

More details around this Six Steps to Success Programme can be found in the dedicated section of the website.

e-ELCA - End of Life Care for All e-Learning Project

End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) is an e-learning project, commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) in partnership with the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland to support the implementation of the Department of Health's national End of Life Care Strategy (July 2008).

e-ELCA aims to enhance the training and education of health and social care staff involved in delivering end of life care to people, so that well-informed high quality care can be delivered by confident and competent staff and volunteers, across health and social care, wherever the person happens to be.

There are over 150 highly interactive sessions of e-learning within e-ELCA. These are arranged in 4 core modules:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Assessment
  • Communications Skills
  • Symptom Management, comfort and well being

As well as 3 additional modules (social care, bereavement and spirituality) and one Integrating Learning module which helps to consolidate and apply understanding in different situations.

For more details on e-ELCA and to see the range of sessions avaible please visit the e-Learning for Healthcare website.

Twelve of these sessions are also freely available to volunteers and clerical and administrative staff on the open access website: www.endoflifecareforall.org.uk.

NCFE Certificate in Palliative Care - adult learning courses around end of life and palliative care

NCFE Certificate in Palliative Care Level 3 (National Partnership Award)

Who is it for?

This course is designed for any health care worker who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of palliative care. It also has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care.

Course outline

The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Palliative Care is designed to provide candidates with an understanding of the principles of palliative care. It will encourage them to use a 'whole person' and 'person-centred' approach to meet the emotional, social and spiritual needs of dying people and their families and increase candidates' awareness of loss, grief and the ways in which they can offer appropriate support to the bereaved. The course also provides employers with a structured training programme which will meet the training needs of their employees.

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care (QCF)

Who is it for?

The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care is designed for any health or social care worker who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of end of life care. It also has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care.

This course is also appropriate for those who have already achieved other sector-specific qualifications in the health care sector and need to apply their understanding in a palliative care context.

Course outline

The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It will help learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care, along with the support services available to the individual and others. Tribal's learning materials will encourage the use of a 'person-centred' approach to meet the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs of people nearing the end of life and their families.