Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise


A fantastic 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.


2021 Self-Care Innovation Award


We are thrilled to share that the ESCAPE-pain programme was announced as the winner of the 2021 Self Care Innovation Award by the Self Care Forum.

The announcement was made in the run-up to Self Care Week, which began on the 15 November 2021. Self Care Forum Chair, Helen Donovan, said, "The ESCAPE-pain programme is an effective, scalable way to support people to self-manage osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, or lower back pain.

The judges were hugely impressed both by its achievements and by its potential to help people tackle this hugely debilitating condition; we hope it continues to expand as a valuable self care tool for those living with musculoskeletal pain."

Read the full announcement here.

What is ESCAPE-pain?


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: 

  • 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. 


Banner of ESCAPE-pain HSJ Value Award for MSK Care Initiative of the Year 2020

ESCAPE-pain clinics for trained facilitators: 


We are hosting monthly support sessions for trained facilitators from new and existing ESCAPE-pain sites who would like implementation support. The one hour sessions are focused on answering questions from facilitators on various topics related to implementation of the ESCAPE-pain programme(s). The sessions are open to facilitators trained to deliver either ESCAPE-pain for knees/hips or ESCAPE-pain for backs.

We will continue to add new monthly dates to the schedule, please register via the links below.

August 25

14.00 - 15.00 Registration link

September 29

14.00 - 15.00 Registration link


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.





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

Page last reviewed: 28 April 2022. Page last updated: 28 April 2022. Next review date: June 2022


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