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.
Hear more about the ESCAPE-pain programme from participants and providers
Over 20,000 people have completed the ESCAPE-pain programme. Hear the benefits some of those people have found.
Are you looking to add an evidence-based programme to your service that helps people to self-manage their chronic knee, hip or back pain? Hear from Dr Dominic Breen-Turner, from One Wight Health on why they considered the ESCAPE-pain programme for the Isle of Wight.
Regina attended ESCAPE-pain at a leisure run by MyTime. She became more active, regained her independence and instead of relying on a wheelchair has joined a Zumba class!
Susannah Arrowsmith, from Healthiness Ltd, a social enterprise that aims to increase people’s physical activity in inner city Liverpool, describes how ESCAPE-pain helped their local population and their organisation.
Are you considering adopting the programme? Rob Jones, from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, explains how they went about implementing the programme and what they’ve done to make it sustainable.
Reluctantly, Ray was taking medication every day to ease his pain. Ray describes how ESCAPE-pain changed his life so that he now taking long walks again, and his life is returning to normal.
Latest news & tweets
- 20 October, 2023: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board won the excellence in rehabilitation award at the ‘Advancing Healthcare Awards Cymru 2023’ for their live well service co-delivering psychologically informed, activity-based health behaviour change programmes, like their ESCAPE-pain programme, for people with Long Term Conditions.
- 2 October, 2023: Eastern Leisure Centre shortlisted by UK active for the ‘Local and Regional Centre of the Year’ award for their continued work with the NHS on the ESCAPE-pain programme, Cancer Rehab and Exercise Referral Schemes to reduce waiting lists. Read more.
- 28 September, 2023: ESCAPE-pain announced East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) as ‘Site of the month’ for September, to recognise the years of hard work and dedication to improving patient care.
- 7 September, 2023: Redditch ‘ESCAPE-pain programme’ to launch this month reported by The Redditch Advertiser.
- 7 September, 2023: ESCAPE-pain recommended as a great course for those suffering with chronic joint pain by Martin Russel within The Scarborough News article ‘Scarborough Sports Village to host vital blood pressure check in bid to reduce deaths’.
- 6 September, 2023: ‘New ESCAPE-pain programme set to launch in Redditch’ reported by The Redditch Standard.
- August, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured alongside Orthopaedic Research UK, Good Boost, ukactive and Arthritis Action within the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s ‘Get Active: A strategy for the future of sport and physical activity’ for the work on ‘Musculoskeletal hubs in the community’.
- 23 August, 2023: Community Leisure UK featured High Life Highland for winning the ESCAPE-pain site of the month award in article; High Life Highland awarded ‘Site of the Month’ for impactful delivery of ESCAPE-pain programme.
- 16 August, 2023: high Life Highland feature ESCAPE-pain’s ‘Site of the month’ in article; ‘High Life Highland awarded ‘site of the month’ for impactful delivery of ESCAPE-pain programme’.
- 16 August, 2023: ESCAPE-pain programme launched in Tarka Leisure. Devon Live reported; ‘Tarka Leisure launches new exercise programme to help people with joint pain’. Read the full article.
- 14 August, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured by leisure opportunities in article ‘Musculoskeletal rehab programmes are turning health clubs into health hubs’.
- 03 August, 2023: ESCAPE-pain announced High Life Highland as ‘Site of the month’ for July, following the recognition of their ESCAPE-pain programme at the High Life Highland awards.