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
- 30 November, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in news article for ITV Tonight special: New Knees & Hips: Britain’s Biggest Queue?
- 26 November, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in article: Waiting Well patients: online guidance – North Norfolk District Council.
- 22 November: ESCAPE-pain blog post: Unlocking Better Health: ESCAPE-pain programme featured in Chief Medical Officer’s annual report.
- 8 November, 2023: ESCAPE-pain announced Huntingdonshire District Council as ‘Site of the month’ for October, to recognise their commitment to providing excellent community care.
- 10 November, 2023: ESCAPE-pain mentioned in the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report for 2023, ‘Health in an Ageing Society’; as a tool to be used in maximising independence and minimising the time in ill health for people in England reaching older age ( 236).
- 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.