• e-ELCA: specialist training in end of life care
    e-ELCA: specialist training in end of life care
    e-ELCA: specialist training in end of life care
    • Extensive training for both health and social care professionals
    • Over 150 high-quality, interactive e-learning sessions
    • Eight core modules that cover key clinical themes and softer skills

An e-learning resource for practitioners involved in end of life care

Are you involved in delivering end of life care? If so, this online training programme is specifically designed for you. It is relevant to health and social care practitioners, including nurses, doctors, allied care professionals, care home workers and care agency staff.

High-quality training in end of life care

The e-learning sessions are divided up into eight modules that cover topics such as advance care planning, assessment, communication skills and symptom management. Interactive features, including images, videos and self-assessment questions, support your learning. Real-life case studies also enable you to explore the difficult issues surrounding end of life care.

The content has been developed and written by leading experts in the field. Therefore, it meets the highest professional standards and the emerging curricula for end of life care qualifications.

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. The resources can be used for self-directed study or blended with classroom-based learning.

The programme supports the implementation of the NHS End of Life Care Strategy but the themes are relevant to healthcare professionals globally.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Our e-ELCA guide

Take a look at our practical guide on e-ELCA for managers and trainers: Five ways to motivate and engage learners.

Course Content

e-ELCA features 150 highly interactive sessions that are arranged into eight modules.

Module 1 – Advance Care Planning

  • Principles
  • Context
  • Process
  • Developing practice

Module 2 – Assessment

  • Principles
  • Domains
  • Context
  • Process

Module 3 – Communications Skills

  • Principles
  • Basic skills
  • Modes of communication
  • Specific contexts
  • Challenging scenarios

Module 4 – Symptom Management

  • Principles
  • Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea, vomiting and constipation
  • Emergencies
  • Last days of life
  • General issues
  • Mood
  • Advanced illness

Module 5 – Integrated Learning

  • Initiating conversations about end of life care
  • Condition-specific case studies
  • Critical situations
  • Scenarios around dying
  • Care after death
  • Frameworks and tools

Module 6 – Social Care

  • Supporting people to live and die well
  • Palliative care social work
  • Assessment in end of life care
  • Support and care planning at end of life
  • Hospital social work
  • End of life care in care homes and domiciliary care settings

Module 7 – Bereavement

  • Talking about death and dying
  • Assessment of carers’ needs
  • Practical support after a bereavement
  • Sudden death and bereavement
  • Emotional support and signposting
  • Children and bereavement

Module 8 – Spirituality

  • Spirituality and the philosophy of end of life care
  • Understanding and assessing spiritual need and spiritual distress
  • Spiritual care and models of spiritual intervention
  • Spiritual resources and quality of life
  • Spirituality and the multidisciplinary team
  • Spirituality in the community


Below are two real sessions from e-ELCA which, in common with all e-ELCA sessions, have been written by subject specialists. They demonstrate how the e-learning works, how multimedia features such as animation support learning, and how you can assess your knowledge.

Introduction to e-learning for End of Life Care

This session is your guide on how to use this e-learning programme for End of Life Care (e-ELCA). It also explains why it was developed and how it can be used to support learning.

Relationship Between Palliative Care and End of Life Care

This session will describe what is meant by the terms palliative care and end of life care, and what they have in common. Two case studies will be used to explain their relevance to patients with advanced progressive illnesses, and their families. The session will provide an overview of key components of palliative care and end of life care.


This is a gold mine of resources for the national qualifications in end of life care.
National Association of Palliative Care Educators

We have used e-ELCA as part of a number of methods to underpin and reinforce learning delivered in the classroom. We found the activities helpful in testing the knowledge gained through face-to-face learning.
Sally Garbett, National Hospice Consortium for Education and Training


Single-user access to the e-ELCA e-learning programme for 12 months costs £100 (excluding VAT where applicable). You may also pay by monthly or quarterly subscription. To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

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