Background End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA), part of Health Education England’s award winning e-Learning for Healthcare programme (e-LfH), was launched in 2010 and has over 150 e-learning sessions grouped in eight modules: assessment, advance care planning, symptom management, communication skills, social care, spirituality, bereavement and integrated learning.
There are almost 60,000 registered users and nearly half of these have actively used e-ELCA. In 2015, 86,400 sessions were launched and over 85 million seconds of time was spent learning.
With the aim of further increasing the use of e-ELCA, an online survey and a number of focus groups were undertaken consisting of both users and non-users to identify what organisations would ideally have in place to support learners, their mentors and those providing education and training programmes.
Findings There were four main areas of feedback:
Benefits of using e-ELCA within blended learning
Factors within organisations that can provide support to those using e-ELCA
More help with access and navigation
Better communications telling people about e-ELCA.
Actions Access: Users are able to register via OpenAthens to access e-ELCA. Also hospice and care home staff are able to register easily by using a registration code for their place of work.
Navigation: Several learning pathways have been developed to support specific learner groups, curricula and qualifications (e.g. NVQ). Learning pathways are also in place to support key policies such as the Priorities for Care of the Dying Person and the NICE guideline [NG31] Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life.
Resources: ‘case’ examples of using sessions in a blended learning approach are growing. ‘Top Tips’ are available to support trainers and mentors in integrating the vast resources of e-ELCA into their teaching.
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