E-learning resources and networks


Here, we provide a range of useful e-learning resources and networks to support your staff with continuing education and training to enhance care for patients at the end of life. 

While many of these tools are tailored for end-of-life care, they all provide valuable and transferable information, such as communication skills and hydration and nutrition management, which can be used in other settings.

E-learning resource Brief description 
Health Education England
Designed to enhance the training and education of all those involved in delivering end-of-life care. Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has created more than 150 e-learning sessions which are suitable for all health and social care workers in clinical and non-clinical settings. This resource includes modules in advance care planning, assessment, communications skills, symptom management, social care, bereavement, spirituality and an integrating learning module which helps to consolidate and apply understanding in different situations. Each session takes around 20 minutes to complete, and the resource includes learning paths for specific staff groups which focus on the Priorities for Care of the Dying Person and a training needs analysis to help you with where to start.
Advance care planning toolkit
NHS Improving Quality
This toolkit provides practical information on resources available to support the advance care planning process. It enables care providers to open up conversations about the care that people would prefer to receive at the end of their lives. Within the toolkit there are challenges and top tips, as well as information and guidance.
Emotional wellbeing toolkit
NHS Employers
This toolkit looks at the emotional resilience of individuals, colleagues and teams. It can help bridge a gap in understanding and enable us to talk openly and regularly about emotional health as well as assess the impact emotional wellbeing has on ourselves, our colleagues and on our patients.
Fundamentals of nursing care
Nursing and Midwifery Council
This resource aims to give nursing staff an understanding of their role in end-of-life care. It includes information on communication, record keeping, hydration and nutrition and building resilience. It's aimed at registered and student nurses, health care assistants and assistant practitioners working in any specialism or setting.
Government commits to high quality end of life care  In response to an independent review of end of life care the government has announced six commitments to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020. These plans to ensure high quality, compassionate care have been announced by health minister, Ben Gummer.
Palliative and end of life care toolkit
Royal College of General Practitioners
This toolkit provides a range of resources and current guidance which can be used to support GP practices in delivering end-of-life care. It includes everything from current policy best practice, to clinical treatment guidance, communications with patients and those close to them, and audit tools. 
This toolkit was produced in partnership with Marie Curie and the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre.
Training resources
Skills for Care
Skills for Care has produced a range of resources to support with end-of-life care training, these include case studies from healthcare providers that have successfully implemented training within their organisations, a mapping tool, and common core competencies for health and social care workers and national end-of-life care qualifications.
Training resources
Dying Matters
This coalition has produced a number of short films and training resources about end-of-life care, including videos on how healthcare professionals can support Muslim communities with death and bereavement, and experiences from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nearing the end of life. These can be used in any health and social care training settings where conversations about end of life planning are taking place. 

Resources for staff working with children and young people

Together for Short Lives is a national charity which provides support and services to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and those close to them. As well as leading in palliative services, Together for Short Lives works with young adults from 18-25. They offer resources and training to help maintain consistent, high-quality care from diagnosis until end-of-life, and to continue supporting families for as long as they need it. Visit the Together for Short Lives website for further information and training resources that can support you to work in this area of health and care. 

Resources for your patients and carers

You can find tools and resources to support and share with patients and carers at Macmillan, and Marie Curie. These resources include looking at the difference between palliative and end-of-life care, conversations with family and friends, and coping with feelings. These may be helpful in providing information for patients and their loved ones to take away with them after initial conversations with staff, making them feel more supported and informed.


There are almost 1000 health and social care staff  that make up the end-of-life care facilitators and champions network. They work to ensure that high-quality care is provided in their local areas to all approaching the end of their lives. They do this by supporting innovation, disseminating examples of good practice in end-of-life care, and building networks and connections across commissioners, service providers and practitioners. The network also promotes integrated approaches to end-of-life care across the health and social care sectors, crossing boundaries and enabling a shared purpose. Find out more and register to be part of the network here.

Public Health England's national end-of-life care intelligence network (NEoLCIN) aims to improve the collection and analysis of data related to the quality and costs of care provided by organisations to adults approaching the end of life. This data will help drive improvements in the quality and productivity of services. As part of this, there is an e-newsletter that individuals can receive to find out about the latest information, tools and resources in end-of-life care. Find out more and sign up for the e-newsletter here

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