Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

Awards and Endorsements

ESCAPE-pain offers two programmes:

  • ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips: designed to benefit people with chronic knee or hip pain, otherwise known as osteoarthritis.
  • ESCAPE-pain for backs: designed to benefit people with chronic low back pain

Please note all the endorsements, support, awards, citations and accreditations below relate to the ESCAPE-pain programme for knees and hips. Where any new posts relate to the recently launched ESCAPE-pain for backs programme we will make this clear.

Recent updates

Endorsements & support

Awards & shortlistings

  • Health Service Journal (HSJ)
    • The ESCAPE-pain programme has been shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Value Award in the Clinical and Medical Services category of ‘MSK Care Initiative of the Year’. (March 2020)
  • Active Training Awards
    • The ESCAPE-pain Facilitator Training Programme won the 'Specialist Training Programme of the Year 2019' award at the Active Training Awards & Conference held in Birmingham in November 2018. Read more here. (November 2018)
    • Clinical Director, Professor Mike Hurley, was shortlisted for a UK Active award for 'Outstanding Individual of the Year'. (November 2018)
  • NHS Innovation Accelerator:
    • Clinical Director, Professor Mike Hurley, was awarded a Fellowship joining the prestigious 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator to increase national spread of the ESCAPE-pain programme. The fellowship will last one year and is supported by a host of industry and healthcare professionals. (December 2017). 
  • British Society for Rheumatology: 
  • Royal Society of Public Health: 
  • AbbVie Sustainable Healthcare:
    • Finalist for the AbbVie Sustainable Healthcare: Patients as Partners Award (2016)
  • Sport England:
    • Awarded a Sport England grant to tackle inactivity in inactive people over 55 during 2018-2020. (2017)
  • Harvard Business School
    • Semi-Finalist Harvard Business School Acceleration Challenge (2016)


  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • UK Active:
  • NHS RightCare:
    • Featured in the NHS RightCare North Region Musculoskeletal Collaborative Programme delivery pack. This is being rolled out via their Delivery Partner network. If you would like to access a copy please contact the team via email. (August 2018)
  • Richmond Group:
  • Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention (QIPP):
  • British Journal of General Practice:
    • Cited in a British Journal of General Practice editorial titled 'Reducing arthritis pain through physical activity: a new public health, tiered approach'. (October 2017)
  • Innovation Exchange:


  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSPA):
    • The ESCAPE-pain faciltator training programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and now forms part of their Skills Development Partner network. (2018). This course is on the CIMSPA portal, if you are a member of CIMSPA at the time of completing the course, you can claim your 8 CPD points by logging into the portal and submitting your certificate of attendance. 
  • Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs):
    • The ESCAPE-pain facilitator training programme is recognised by the REPs and endorsed by PD:Approval. The course is now on the REPs portal, if you are a member of REPs at the time of completing the course, you can claim your 7 CPD points by logging into the portal. (2018)

Page last reviewed: 31 July 2020. Page last updated: 31 July. Next review date: 1 October 2020