ESCAPE-pain is a 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:
- ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips: designed to benefit people with chronic knee or hip pain
- ESCAPE-pain for backs: designed to benefit people with chronic low back pain.
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.
ESCAPE-pain Online is the web-based version of the ESCAPE-pain app and is accessed via our website. ESCAPE-pain Online was designed to be viewed on a computer or a variety of mobile devices, but you don't need to have a smart phone.
ESCAPE-pain app is available on Android smartphones and tablets by searching 'escape pain app' on Google Play
Both tools take the users through a six-week programme, with two sessions per week, each containing:
- Exercise videos with simple, easy to follow exercises with clear instructions that were developed so people could do the exercises safely in their homes;
- Educational videos with engaging animations giving simple advice and information to help people understand how to better manage their condition;
- Individual progress chart to track their improvement over time.
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.
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.
New video resources available for ESCAPE-pain facilitators
We're very pleased to share new footage for the ESCAPE-pain knee and hip programme. The footage is a collaboration between the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, North West Coast Innovation Agency, and the Health Innovation Network.
It is a 10-session abridged version of the ESCAPE-pain programme using videos. The videos have been designed to give people access to the programme during the current COVID-19 restrictions. These sessions will only be available online until face-to-face sessions are able to be delivered at physical venues once more. Please note they are only available for use by trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators based at ESCAPE-pain sites that were delivering face-to-face classes prior to lockdown.
For information on how to access the videos please read more on our COVID-19 Support page.
New ESCAPE-pain e-Learning resources for sites/providers
We are delighted to announce the launch of two new, free and interactive ESCAPE-pain e-learning resources we have developed 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 resources here.
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. Here 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.
- 20 November 2020: Read our newly published Autumn Newsletter.
- 18 November 2020: ESCAPE-pain article, 'The Yorkshire exercise programme helping osteoarthritis sufferers', in the Yorkshire Post.
- 18 November 2020: ESCAPE-pain post, 'Self Care Week: How the ESCAPE-pain improved Marian's quality of life', on Yorkshire & Humber AHSN website.
- 2 November 2020: ESCAPE-pain article, 'Pain rehabilitation program adds to awards collection despite restrictions', in the South West Londoner.
- 27 October 2020: ESCAPE-pain provider Healthiness Ltd receive Prime Minister 'Point of Light Award' for Fitness Classes in Liverpool.
- 15 October 2020: ESCAPE-pain article, 'New Programme to manage joint paint with exercise wins award after helping 20,000 people', in the Southwark News.
- 5 October 2020: ESCAPE- pain article, 'Pioneering pain rehabilitation programme from Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoops Health Service Journal award' on the Kingston University website.
- 16 September 2020: ESCAPE-pain post, 'Innovative exercise programme to help people with joint pain stay active is commissioned in East Riding', on Yorkshire & Humber AHSN website
- 4 September 2020: ESCAPE-pain programme awarded 'MSK Care Initiative of the Year' at the HSJ Value Awards 2020.
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Page last reviewed: 26 November 2020. Page last updated: 26 November 2020. Next review date: January 2021