Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise



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Health Innovation Network

The ESCAPE-pain website is a project supported by the Health Innovation Network. Founded by NHS England, the Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London. Their objective is to deliver service improvement and sustainable change, through collaborating with partners from the NHS, universities, local government, industry, the third sector, and prioritising involvement from service users and the public, to drive innovation and best practice across South London.


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St George’s, University of London / Kingston University

Professor Michael Hurley is currently a Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.


Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis is a UK based charity working alongside volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers and friends, to do everything they can to push back against arthritis. Versus Arthritis is made up of carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends, parents, runners and fundraisers all united with the ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes. Together, they will continue to develop breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority, and support each other wherever needed.


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Salaso Health Solutions

Salaso Health Solutions is an e-health company that supports clinicians in prescribing exercise with an intuitive platform and helps their patients to turn home exercises and advice into daily routines.


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NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations. Each of the innovations offer solutions to key challenges in Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care and Mental Health. 

Professor Mike Hurley has been awarded a Fellowship joining the prestigious 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) to increase national spread of the ESCAPE-pain programme along with 10 other healthcare innovations. The fellowship will last one year and will be supported by a host of industry and healthcare professionals.


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Sport England

Sport England’s vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability. They have put tackling inactivity at the heart of its strategy Towards An Active Nation, and have launched the Active Ageing fund to tackle inactivity in the over 55s. Sport England will be investing up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England that will help inactive older people get active. We are delighted that ESCAPE-pain has been selected to work with Sport England, in partnership with Versus Arthritis, to help older people increase their physical activity levels.


Web page last reviewed: 26 July 2019 

Web page last updated: 17 April