Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

A new partnership between the Health Innovation Network (HIN) and Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) has secured the future of the award-winning ESCAPE-pain programme that helps people with knee, hip and back pain. 

Read more on our news page.

ESCAPE-pain is a group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better. 

ESCAPE-pain offers two programmes: 

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Tips for supporting ESCAPE-pain participants during COVID-19


We'd like to remind you of the availability of the ESCAPE-pain digital support tools which replicate the face-to-face programme and are free to use.

Both tools take users through a six-week programme, with two sessions per week, each containing:

We recommend you read through our ESCAPE-pain support tools guidance which contains our top tips for getting the best out of the ESCAPE-pain support tools before deciding which one you'd prefer to use.


Various images of ESCAPE-pain Online, the web app version of the app Various images of the ESCAPE-pain Online app  

Supporting people with limited or no access to technology

We recognise many of the tools that are being recommended to support people to keep active in their homes during COVID-19 require access to smart devices, laptops, the Internet etc. In order to support people who do not have access to the Internet or digital devices we have pulled together a list of resources that can be printed out and sent to people, and also some radio and television resources. See our updated information.



ESCAPE-pain e-Learning resources for sites/providers


We have developed two free and interactive ESCAPE-pain e-learning resources, together with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

The resources are aimed at prospective ESCAPE-pain sites/providers.

The first session is aimed at helping interested providers determine how ESCAPE-pain may fit within their organisation and to begin the process towards implementation. The second session is aimed at professionals (healthcare professionals and exercise instructors) who plan to deliver the programme and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators.

The e-Learning resources were commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, in collaboration with ESCAPE-pain and the Health Innovation Network.

Read more about the e-Learning resources.


Image of the landing for the ESCAPE-pain e-Learning module 'Are you ESCAPE-pain Ready?'  Image of the landing for the ESCAPE-pain e-Learning module 'Preparing for ESCAPE-pain Training'

Celebrating the ESCAPE-pain programme


To honour the ESCAPE-pain national programme we are sharing four new video case studies from participants around the country, who along with thousands of other people, have made positive improvements to their lives as a result of completing the programme. Hear from Ann, Ray, Eileen and John how their lives have changed. 

For more videos and case studies visit our Personal Stories page.





Versus Arthritis ESCAPE-pain celebratory animation


Our colleagues at Versus Arthritis have produced an ESCAPE-pain animation to celebrate the programme and our partnership. Have a look to see what we've been up to.


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Contact us by email at hello@escape-pain.org for more information.

Page last reviewed: 21 July 2021. Page last updated: 21 July 2021. Next review date: October 2021


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