Professor Mike Hurley reflects on two years of the ESCAPE-pain programme partnering with Orthopaedic Research UK. Standing for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise, the award-winning group rehabilitation programme was developed by Prof. Hurley at St George’s University of London and Kingston University for people with knee osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain. ESCAPE-pain has been supported by Sport England, Versus Arthritis, the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Good Boost, ukactive and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). ESCAPE-pain programmes are now delivered in hundreds of locations across the UK for those with chronic knee, hip, or back pain. The programmes can be delivered in clinical settings as well as community and leisure centres.
Prof. Hurley also provides insights on the challenges and adaptations the programme faced during COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as his long-term goals for the initiative.