Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

ESCAPE-pain Facilitator Training

For clinicians and exercise professionals 

About the training

The flexibility of ESCAPE-pain means it can be delivered in a variety of locations and by a variety of professionals. ESCAPE-pain has been successfully delivered in outpatient physiotherapy departments, leisure centres and local community settings by physiotherapists, osteopaths and exercise professionals.

In order to deliver the ESCAPE-pain classes and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators, professionals are required to attend the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training course. The training is open to clinicians and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria (outlined below).

The full day training course covers:

  • The theoretical foundations and evidence-base for ESCAPE-pain (including its clinical and cost effectiveness)
  • The practical skills required to support behaviour change in people to self-manage their OA through developing enhanced motivational interviewing, goal setting, helping people develop action and coping plans, and group facilitation techniques
  • How to set-up and deliver ESCAPE-pain (including optimising referrals, uptake and retention and how to run each session of the programme)
  • Guidance on how to develop and adapt ESCAPE-pain to work within different settings
  • National Policy and overview of ESCAPE-pain, including ESCAPE-pain in the community
  • Overview of MSK, physical activity and osteoarthritis
  • Understanding the psychology of pain
  • Principles of self-management, motivational interviewing, health behaviour change and group facilitation
  • Group exercise management
  • Healthy eating guidance
  • Methods of managing pain
  • Sustaining physical activity and other health behaviours.

After completing the training course, facilitators will receive the following resources and support:

  • Training Manual (for facilitators)
  • Participant booklet (participant handout)
  • Exercise sheets (participant handout)
  • PowerPoint slides: to deliver the education component
  • Marketing templates
  • ​Ongoing implementation advice & support and annual data analysis

The ESCAPE-pain training is accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs). Trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators that are members of these professional bodies are eligible for 8 and 7 CPD points (respectively). 


Please note this is not a train the trainer model. By attending the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training you will be able to deliver the ESCAPE-pain programme, however you will NOT be able to train others to deliver the programme. 


Email us at hello@escape-pain.org to find out more about implementing ESCAPE-pain in your organisation. 



The training is open to clinicians and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria. 

This flow chart can be a helpful visual aid in determining exercise instructor eligibility.   

If you should have any questions regarding the course in general or your eligibility to attend please email us at hello@escape-pain.org for more information.


Training schedule 



Friday 7 February 2020 -  Register via Eventbrite 

Friday 3 April 2020 - Register via Eventbrite


Wednesday 18 March 2020 - Register via Eventbrite 


12 & 13 March 2020  - For more information and to register  please contact Carol Graham at c.graham@versusarthritis.org


Thursday 30 January 2020 - Register via Eventbrite


Wednesday 26 February 2020 - Register via Eventbrite


Tuesday 11 February 2020 - Register via Eventbrite 


Friday 13 March 2020 - Register via Eventbrite 



Feedback from facilitators

Watch these videos and read the quotes below, to see what Facilitators are saying about the ESCAPE-pain programme: 



















Web page last updated: 26 January 2020

Web page last reviewed: 26 January 2020