Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

COVID-19 Support

For trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators, that delivered face-to-face classes before COVID-19, there are a number of ways in which you can support your ESCAPE-pain participants/waiting lists to manage their condition until you are able to resume face-to-face classes. Please see below for the range of options. 

 

This is an ever-changing landscape and we really appreciate the correspondence we’ve had with you and your engagement over the past months, which we know have been very challenging. We'd be grateful if you could keep us updated with any further progress at your sites by emailing hello@escape-pain.org

 

1. ESCAPE-pain Online

ESCAPE-pain Online is the web-based version of the ESCAPE-pain app. It is a digital version of the face-to-face programme and provides users with a structured education and exercise programme of 12 sessions over six weeks. There are two compulsory sessions per week and they are a combination of education and exercise. It can be viewed on a range of mobile devices (like smartphones and tablets) but is best viewed on a computer. It is especially helpful for people who would prefer to view the programme on a larger screen or who don’t have access to a smart phone.

It was originally designed as an aide memoir for ESCAPE-pain participants to use after they had completed the face-to-face programme, however, in light of COVID-19 and many ESCAPE-pain sites not yet having re-started their face-to-face classes, we feel these tools may be of benefit to a much wider audience of people living with knee/hip pain/osteoarthritis who have not previously attended a face-to-face class. Please see here for more information.

 

2. ESCAPE-pain app - Android

Similarly, the ESCAPE-pain app is a digital version of the face-to-face programme and provides users with a structured education and exercise programme of 12 sessions over six weeks. There are two compulsory sessions per week and they are a combination of education and exercise. It is available on Android smartphones and tablets. Just search ESCAPE-pain on Google Play. 

It was originally designed as an aide memoir for ESCAPE-pain participants to use after they had completed the face-to-face programme, however, in light of COVID-19 and many ESCAPE-pain sites not yet having re-started their face-to-face classes, we feel these tools may be of benefit to a much wider audience of people living with knee/hip pain/osteoarthritis who have not previously attended a face-to-face class. Please see here for more information.

 

3. ESCAPE-pain videos

These videos were developed for the ESCAPE-pain digital tools, the app and ESCAPE-pain Online (our web-based app). We have made the videos freely available so that people don’t need to create an account to view them and for people who don’t wish to follow a structured programme (like the app and ESCAPE-pain Online) and just want a reminder of how to do an exercise.

The exercise videos are designed so that the exercises could be done in a home setting using everyday household items like chairs or steps. They are simple and easy to follow with audio instructions. 

The educational videos – these videos can be viewed at any time to learn more about your joint pain. They give simple advice and information to help people learn about how to better manage their condition. 

 

4. Deliver the programme virtually

Many facilitators have been speaking to us about delivering a virtual programme based on ESCAPE-pain and some have already completed their first cohort. We have had in-depth conversations with these sites and have pulled together their early experiences into a new FAQ resource. If you would like a copy of this please contact the central team on hello@escape-pain.org. This information will be updated over time as we learn more about this model.

We are supporting sites to run virtual programmes where they are delivered in the following way. 

  • sessions are delivered twice weekly;
  • sessions are delivered across an interactive platform which allows facilitators and participants to speak to one another;
  • there is a fixed cohort starting and finishing together;
  • the education and exercise sessions are delivered in real time;
  • clinical outcomes are collected.

Please note that virtual classes delivered in this way may only be offered by trained facilitators who were delivering the face-to-face programme prior to lockdown. This does not include facilitators who have attended virtual ESCAPE-pain facilitator training during lockdown.

 

5. New video footage - a 10-session abridged version of the programme

 

We're very pleased to share brand new footage for the ESCAPE-pain knee and hip programme. The footage is a collaboration between the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, North West Coast Innovation Agency, and the Health Innovation Network. It is a 10-session abridged version of the ESCAPE-pain programme using videos. The videos have been designed to give people access to the programme during the current COVID-19 restrictions. These sessions will only be available online until face-to-face sessions are able to be delivered at physical venues once more.

Conditions for use:

  • Please note the link is not publicly available. It is only avilable for use by trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators at ESCAPE-pain sites that were active before lockdown. The purpose of this is to enable experienced facilitators to explain the programme to service users who may need guidance about the videos and how to use them and answer any queries they may have.
  • If you require the link please contact your regional ESCAPE-pain lead or the central team on hello@escape-pain.org
  • The link must not be shared with any persons that have not been trained and who were not delivering the face-to-face programme before lockdown.
  • To reduce the likelihood of infringement of the associated Intellectual Property, the footage must also not be shared with other referrers into the programme nor wider generic stakeholders. 

Who is it aimed at?

  • You may find this resource is useful for your service users who would prefer this format rather than the ESCAPE-pain app, ESCAPE-pain Online or the virtual delivery model which some sites are offering.
  • The video resources were developed with the recognition that some people do not have access to video conferencing facilities.

How does it work?

Each video is made up of:

  • an education topic presentation;
  • a warm-up;
  • an exercise session;
  • a cool down;
  • and a relaxation session.

Service users should also be advised to complete two sessions per week, with a few days in between each session to recover.

Please note that clinical outcomes do not need to be collected for this format.

 


For further information please email: hello@escape-pain.org‚Äč

Page last reviewed: 30 July 2020. Page last updated: 30 2020. Next review date: 1 October 2020