Palliative Education & Training

Physician Palliative Education

The Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care (LEAP) course was developed by the Pallium Project to facilitate inter-professional collaboration and support individual and team practice change. Focusing on current best practices, LEAP provides a standardized, competency-based approach to enhancing palliative care services across Canada.

The Central East LHIN is pleased to offer LEAP courses for a host of health care professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses and other allied health professionals. Courses are provided at no cost to participants and are accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Upon completion, physicians are eligible for up to 13 Mainpro-C credits.

For more information on Central East LEAP course offerings, please contact Jenny Greensmith at   

For more information on Pallium Canada, please contact 

Interdisciplinary Palliative Education 

Interdisciplinary Palliative Education courses were developed by the Southwestern Ontario Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Program. The Central East LHIN is pleased to offer the following interdisciplinary courses:

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (FHPC)

  • FHPC is an introductory level program based on the 2002 A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care. Core content explores foundational concepts of effective communication, group function and change facilitation along with key definitions, values and guiding principles.
  • FHPC is offered to hospice volunteers, support workers and other unregulated healthcare providers.

Enhanced Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Education (EFHPC)

  • EFHPC is designed to meet the learning aspirations and needs of support workers who care for persons and families living with life-threatening illness. The course draws on the current knowledge, skill and experience of the learner and challenges the support worker to deepen his or her understanding of concepts, develop new skills and apply new learning in practice.
  • EFHPC is offered to Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who want to participate in the Comprehensive Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education course.

Comprehensive Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education (CAPCE)

  • CAPCE is designed to focus on the role of Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Practical Nurses as a member of the interdisciplinary palliative team.
  • Through a variety of learning strategies participants are challenged to identify issues impacting persons and families living with progressive life-threatening illness and to engage in therapeutic encounters to assist in a change in the illness experience.

Courses are organized across Central East LHIN communities, hosted by the following Lead Agencies who can be contacted directly for more information:

Combined Palliative Go-Live Model

The CCAC has been working with select service provider agencies, ParaMed Home Health Care, Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) and Visiting Homemakers Association (VHA) Home Health Care,  awarded the combined palliative care contract following an invitational procurement process. Identified agencies now provide specialized care to patients that are admitted onto a palliative caseload (SRC 95) utilizing teams of nursing and personal support workers with enhanced training.

Among the critical success factors for implementation of the Combined Palliative Care model are the communication and coordination of services between the identified agencies and the CCAC, a seamless transfer of service for the patients and caregivers and, collaboration with other stakeholders to appropriately identify patients.

The goal of the Combined Palliative Care model is to:

  • Improve the patients’ experience specifically related to pain and symptom management and quality of life in the final months of life.
  • Develop a combined model of care that enhances the communication, improves collaboration and optimizes nursing and personal support resources.
  • Provide both nursing and personal support services from one agency within a geographic area to facilitate better communication and coordination within and across the interdisciplinary team as well as improve management of delegated acts from nursing to personal support workers.
  • Enhance the skills, knowledge and abilities of the nurses and personal support workers engaged in palliative care and,
  • Realign our geographic boundaries to ensure that services and service provider agencies can effectively support and manage the fluctuations in service volume and intensity.

For questions please contact Michelle Nurse at