Online learning

A new e-learning programme called e-ELCA has been developed for those working in health and social care, who don't often have time for classroom based training sessions.

e-ELCA stands for the End of Life Care for All e-learning programme and has been developed to enable those working in health and social care, who don’t often have time to attend classroom based training sessions, to improve the care they provide as well as develop skills to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. e-ELCA covers a range of themes, from clinical topics to communication skills and spiritual care.

The programme has been recommended as part of a blended learning approach by the 'Training and Education in End of Life Care' report, commissioned by HEE to review the efficacy of existing education and training resources on end of life care.

Professor Christina Faull, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Research Lead at LOROS, is the National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA and has the key role of overseeing all of the learning content relating to end of life care.

Latest e-ELCA news

  • Prof. Christina Faull’s post, End of Life Care for All e-learning (e-ELCA), which was published in September 2016, has come 8th in the Top Ten most-viewed posts on the EAPC (European Association for Palliative Care) Blog for 2016. The post can be viewed here End of Life Care for All e-learning (e-ELCA)
  • Read the latest update on e-ELCA
  • Visit the new e-ELCA YouTube channel introduced by Professor Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England
  • In October 2016 a new e-ELCA session which brings together management of symptoms in the last days of life, was made available (session 04_23b). The session is most useful for Doctors and Nurses (especially nurse prescribers)
  • You can learn more about useful sessions in the e-Learning for Health resources that aren't in the e-ELCA programme but scattered in the other 118 programmes here
  • Understand more about how e-elca can be used to support the development of end-of-life care skills in the health and social care workforce, in this article from Professor Christina Faull and Victoria Winlow, Assistant Programme Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • To read the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Blog for e-ELCA, click here. If you would like to receive an email each time a blog post is published (usually twice a week) please go to and just type in your email address in the box to the right of the screen

Courses available through e-ELCA

There are over 150 interactive e-learning sessions available, across 8 modules:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Assessment
  • Communications Skills
  • Symptom Management
  • Social Care
  • Bereavement
  • Spirituality
  • Integrating Learning

The advantages of e-ELCA

- Multi-professional use: e-ELCA is relevant to all professionals involved in delivering end of life care. It covers a range of pertinent themes, from clinical topics to communication skills and spiritual care
- Peer-reviewed content: The high-quality content has been written and peer-reviewed by leading experts in the UK, and endorsed by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland
- Multimedia features: e-ELCA includes highly interactive and engaging content, with images, videos, real-life case studies and questions
- Real-life scenarios: Practitioners can explore sensitive issues and test out how they would react in certain scenarios with interactive exercises
- Flexible learning: e-ELCA is available anywhere, at any time – via the Internet.

Where can I get more information about e-ELCA?

e-ELCA can be accessed here:

Learn more about how to get started with e-ELCA

For the Quick Start Guide to getting started with e-elca click here .

For help including registering for an account and logging in visit

For Managers and trainers wishing to use e-ELCA as a resource, a leaflet has been developed: ‘e-ELCA Five Ways to Motivate and Engage Learners'. Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation at Hospice UK, writes about the advantages of e-learning and e-ELCA.

e-ELCA for social care workers, administrative and clerical staff, and volunteers

Everyone is encouraged to learn more about end of life care, and 14 e-ELCA sessions are available for anyone to access: These sessions will be of interest to social care workers, administrative and clerical staff and volunteers, along with members of the public, wishing to learn more about end of life care.