Free access to end of life care training

Skills for Care continues to offer free access to e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) training to adult social care employers registered with the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).

The DH e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is a free and innovative e-learning resource that aims to enhance the training and knowledge of all those involved in delivering end of life care.

The website offers more than130 easy to use and interactive e-learning sessions covering all aspects of end of life care including assessment, advance care planning, symptom management and communication skills.

The Experience of Sandycroft Nursing Home in Blackpool

Sandycroft is a thirty bedded family run independent nursing home for people with physical disabilities and they employ a total of thirty seven staff members.

The Registered Manager at Sandy Croft received information about the End of Life Care e-learning tool that is available once registered with the NMDS-SC system and decided that this might be an ideal way to expand the knowledge and confidence of staff with the regard to end of life care.

The Manager described the registration process as very easy. The Manager and Deputy became aware that some staff did not have a computer of their own or any experience in using a computer. The Deputy Manager delivered some basic computer training and the staff were enabled to use the lap top at work.

Staff were allocated protected time to do the training in small half hour slots and this seemed to work really well. The registered manager herself completed some of the units and certificates went on the wall, which helped motivate staff to a point where it got quite competitive in regard to who was completing units and when. The certificates themselves gave staff a real sense of achievement.

The Registered Manager at Sandycroft described how the training benefitted the delivery of the service:  “We have been able to cascade the knowledge throughout the organisation and developed a high standard of care. Staff have gained a great deal of confidence and developed their communication skills which in turn helped them in their interactions with clients and family members in what can be very difficult circumstances. The training has helped us develop a good reputation for end of life care”.

As at the end of April 2012

  • 2,404 workers within 948 establishments have successfully registered to use e-LFH and have been provided with a user name and password.
  • Of those registered, 1,251 workers from within 423 establishments have actively logged on and used the system.
  • The system has been accessed a total of 6,613 times by the 1,251 workers
  • A total of 5,346 training modules have been completed

Find out more

Please see more information on how to access the e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) training system.

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