Two-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals.

LEAP Core is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with an in-depth learning experience on essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP Core is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP Core is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) whose primary focus of work is not palliative care but who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.

LEAP Core promotes teamwork, supports interprofessional collaboration, and fosters connections among providers in different agencies who work together (e.g. community-based family physicians, home care nurses, community pharmacists, etc.).


Course Features

  • Two days, 14 hours in total
  • Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies
  • Interprofessional approach
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
  • Course materials include a downloadable manual and the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook



This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 28 Mainpro+ credits.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the importance of self-awareness when providing palliative and end-of-life care
  • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
  • Assess and manage pain; delirium; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration,
    and nutrition; and respiratory symptoms
  • Promote and undertake Advance Care Planning discussions
  • Develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
  • Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Prepare patients and families for last days and hours
  • Understand and apply the criteria to be met before initiating palliative sedation


Course Modules

  • Being Aware
  • Taking Ownership
  • Decision-making
  • Gastrointestinal, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Delirium
  • Respiratory Symptoms
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Care
  • Grief
  • Essential Conversations
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Resources and Quality Improvement

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LEAP courses are developed and peer-reviewed by volunteer pan-Canadian teams of subject matter experts who are committed to promoting the palliative care approach.

Course Lead
  • José Pereira, MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Maryse Bouvette, BScN, MEd., CON(C), CHPCN(C), Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Consultation Team (RPCT), Palliative Care Advance Practice Nurse Consultant, Bruyere Continuing Care
  • Lori Teeple, MD CCFP(EM), FCFP (PC), MD CCFP, FCFP (PC – Palliative Care) Associate Professor Medicine and Family Medicine Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
contributors & reviewers
  • Stephanie Buchanan, RN, MHScN, EdD(cand) CHPCN(C) Professor/Clinical Instructor, Nursing Department, Centennial College
  • Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto Education Lead & Family Physician Practising in Palliative Care, The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, ON
  • Gordon Giddings, MD CCFP(PC), FCFP Senior Medical Advisor | Professional Conduct
  • J. David Henderson, MD, CCFP(PC) Medical Director, Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Service Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, Dalhousie Univ.
  • Julie Johnston, BA, Dipl. Business Executive Director, St. Joseph’s – Hospice of London
  • Glen Maddison, M.D. MCFP(EM) Medical Director St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Adjunct Professor Family Medicine, Western University Clinical Co-Lead Palliative Care Erie St. Clair LHIN, ON
  • Denise Marshall, BSc., MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP Medical Director, Niagara West Palliative Care Team and McNally House Hospice Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care Dept of Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Linda Read Paul, RN, MN, CHPCN(C) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care Consult Service – Rural Okotoks Health & Wellness Center, BC
  • Ben Robert, MD, MBA, CCFP (CoE & PC) Medical Director, Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre; Medical Director, Dementia Program, Glebe Centre Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa; Attending Physician, TOH (The Ottawa Hospital) Family Medicine, ON
  • Robert Sauls, MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP Palliative Care Physician, Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley
    Hospital Site, Mississauga, Lecturer, Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto, ON
  • Sally Tierney, B.Sc.Phm, Clinical Pharmacist, Palliative Care Unit Bruyere Continuing Care
  • Fraser Black, MD, CCFP Victoria Hospice Society, BC
  • Velda Clark, Director; Palliative Care Program Regina Health District Regina, SK
  • Gillian Flyes, MD, B.C. Cancer Agency. BC
  • Jocelyne Lockyer, PhD University of Calgary; AB
  • Robin Love, MD, CCFP Vancouver Health Authority, MB
  • Daphne Powell, Nurse Coordinator; Palliative Care St. Paul’s Hospital Saskatoon, SK
  • Shannon Pyziak, BN, RN, CHPCN(C) Interlake Regional Health Authority, MB
  • Cheryl Smith, BN, RN, CHPCN(C) North Eastman Health Association, MB
  • Ron Spice, MD, CCFP Calgary Health Region, AB
  • Merle Teetaert, RN, CHPCN (C) Assiniboine Regional Health Authority, MB
  • Pat Trozzo, BSc. (Pharm), BSc. (Chem), BCPS CancerCare Manitoba, MB
  • Rob Wedel, MD, CCFP, FCFP Chinook Health Region, AB
  • Cornelius Woelk, MD, CCFP Central Health Authority Inc., MB
  • José Pereira, MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative
    Care, McMaster University Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Michael Aherne, Pallium B.Com., M.Ed., CMC Project Director, Initiative Development, AB
  • Dr. Romayne Gallagher, MD CCFP University of British Columbia