Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

ESCAPE-pain facilitator training (for backs)


About the training course

In order to deliver ESCAPE-pain for backs, 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.

If facilitators have already completed the training course for ESCAPE-pain (knee/hip pain) they are eligible to attend a half-day training course for ESCAPE-pain for backs. All other participants must attend the full-day course.

The training will cover the below areas:

  • Overview of ESCAPE-pain
  • The fundamentals of non-specific low back pain (scale of problem and how to manage it)
  • NICE guidelines for low back pain 
  • Understanding the psychology of pain
  • Overview of principles of self-management, motivational interviewing, health behaviour change and group facilitation
  • ESCAPE-pain for backs structure (core components of programme and 12 educational sessions)
  • How to set-up and deliver ESCAPE-pain (including optimising referrals, uptake and retention and how to run each session of the programme)
  • Data collection and reporting
  • 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 


ESCAPE-pain for backs training fees and schedule:

Full day course Half day course

Facilitators from existing sites (sites delivering either ESCAPE-pain programme)

Facilitators from new sites (i.e. sites not delivering either ESCAPE-pain programme)

Available only to facilitators who have completed ESCAPE-pain training (for knees/hips)

Public sector/not for profit organisations in the UK


(£200 for facilitator training delivered virtually)


(£300 for facilitator training delivered virtually)


Commercial organisations (worldwide) and not for profit organisations outside of the UK 

​£350 ​​£500 £250

*The courses are typically delivered in person, however we are delivering them virtually while social distancing measures are still in place. Some of the ticket prices differ slightly for facilitator training delivered virtually (as shown above).



Facilitator training course dates 



Course type


Course availability 

      Registration links



Half day

Delivered virtually*

Places available

    20/09 registration link



Half day

Delivered virtually*

Places available

11/10 registration link




Half day

Half day

Delivered virtually*

Delivered virtually*

Places available

Places available

08/11 registration link

22/11 registration link



Half day

Delivered virtually*

Places available

06/12 registration link


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



Page last reviewed: 7 March 2022. Page last updated: 07 March 2022. Next review date: April 2022