Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses

Cost:  FREE for a limited time (valued at $250 - $350)

Language:  English and French

Location:  Online

Application:  Required as spots are limited. Applicants must work in the Champlain Region.

Courses: We offer two different LEAP courses.

  1.  LEAP Core 
  2.  LEAP Long-Term Care 
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LEAP Core (Online) is an interprofessional course that focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach. LEAP Core is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who should take LEAP Core? 

For healthcare professionals who provide care for patients with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

This includes:  Physicians, RNs, RPNs, Pharmacists, Social Workers, etc.

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LEAP Long-Term Care focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach, with case studies taught by experienced palliative care experts.


Who should take LEAP Long-Term Care? 

Only long-term care staff members.

This includes: Physicians, Nurses, RPNs and Social Workers who work in long-term care.


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Both courses are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits. 

Participants will receive a LEAP certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.


Both courses have a limited number of spots available, so you must apply to be considered.

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16 self-directed and interactive online modules (approximately 8 hours of work)

2 three-hour online webinars led by LEAP facilitators, where learners work through cases and discuss learnings from online modules

A Pallium team member will participate in the webinars to offer coordination and technical support

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Online, learners should be able to:

  • Promote and undertake advance care planning discussions
  • Assess and manage pain, delirium, gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, nutrition and dyspnea
  • Recognize and diagnose depression, anxiety, grief and initiate treatment plans
  • Develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
  • Prepare patients and families for last days and hours
  • Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Understand and apply the criteria to be met before initiating palliative sedation
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Topics covered

  • Being aware
  • Taking ownership
  • Decision-making
  • Pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Advance care planning
  • Delirium
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Psychosocial and spiritual care
  • Grief
  • Essential conversations
  • Last days and hours
  • Request to hasten death
  • Palliative sedation
  • Resources and quality improvement
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Contact us

Contact us at education@champlainpalliative.ca for information on upcoming course dates or running a training session. 

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Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program
60 Cambridge Street North
St-Vincent Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7A5