Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

Latest News

  • 27 August 2019 - "Six-week Winyates course to showcase new ways to escape pain" - read all about the next ESCAPE-pain programme starting up in early September in the Redditch Standard.
  • 25 August 2019 - Hear Professor Mike Hurley talk about ESCAPE-pain on the AHSN Network Innovation Exchange podcast. Episode 1 'Healthy Ageing' explores the challenges facing our health and care service in relation to ageing. 
  • 24 August 2019 - "Scheme to help beat pain in long-term sufferers continues in Redditch" - read all about the delivery of the ESCAPE-pain programme in Redditch covered by the Halesowen News, the Redditch & Alcester Advertiser and the Kidderminster Shuttle.
  • 20 August 2019 - Hear Professor Mike Hurley speak about the ESCAPE-pain programme on BBC Suffolk Radio 
  • 20 August 2019 - 'New programme rolling out across Norfolk' - read on the KL FM website how ESCAPE-pain is expanding into Norfolk.
  • 13 August 2019 - "ESCAPE-pain programme reaches 200 UK sites". This month the ESCAPE-pain programme launched its 200th site in the UK. It now operates in every region in England, with sites also operating in Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 13,000 people have attended the programme to date. Read more about the programme here. 
  • 18 July 2019 - 'Holmes Chapel pensioner transforms her life with ESCAPE-pain class' - read how Joan Allard transformed her quality of life in the Knutsford Guardian
  • 3 July 2019 - 'New service introduced for Osteoarthritis patients in borough' - Read the Richmond and Twickenham Times' news piece on the local upcoming ESCAPE-pain sites. 
  • 20 June 2019 - We are proud to be listed in the new guidance launched on the 20 June by Public Health England, NHS England and Versus Arthritis on ‘Musculoskeletal health: 5 year prevention strategic framework’.
  • 13 June 2019 -Read the News article from 'News Post Leader' - ‘New Northumberland exercise classes to help ease arthritis - New exercises classes have been launched to help residents struggling with arthritis or osteoarthritis.’ 
  • 7 June 2019 - 'Harrogate arthritis sufferer hails 'active' scheme' - LISTEN BACK to Jill Quinn's interview with on Stray FM where she talks about her experience of the ESCAPE-pain programme and how it has turned her life around. 
  • ESCAPE-pain is featured in the AHSN Network impact report 2018/19 launched in June 2019. 
  • Read the ESCAPE-pain case study in the new AHSN Network magazine - The Innovators. The magazine draws together insights and learning on how healthcare innovation is transforming lives.
  • ESCAPE-pain featured in recently launched NHS Innovation Acceleration brochure (page 37)
  • Willowbrook Leisure Centre launches first ESCAPE-pain course in Oxfordshire, supporting adults living with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee
  • ESCAPE-pain featured in Fitpro magazine article 'Practical Exercise Advice for Arthritis' 
  • West of England Academic Health Science Network published a blog by ESCAPE-pain Project Manager, Megan Kirbyshire ‘Taking a step outside of the clinical bubble’
  • ESCAPE-pain was included in the The Saints Foundation / Wright Foundation Pathway to Health arthritis project. Tackling Arthritis with Exercise at Saints Foundation Pathway to Health 
  • Versus Arthritis ‘Top Tips for Councillors’ mentions ESCAPE-pain in the physical activity section.
  • ESCAPE-pain Gujarati story featured in February 2019 Academic Health Science Network newsletter
  • Wessex AHSN launched this ESCAPE-pain newsletter 
  • ESCAPE-pain participant feedback video has been launched by Everybody Sport & Recreation in Crewe
  • ESCAPE-pain featured in Fitpro magazine piece about the importance of exercise programmes for those suffering from Arthritis
  • ESCAPE-pain class at the Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, run by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in Blackburn, was featured in a BBC news bulletin by BBC health correspondent, Dominic Hughes on Monday 7th January at 1pm. In the context of the newly launched NHS Long Term Plan, the piece goes on to say how the class will ease pressure on other parts of the health service and how this will be a key feature for the future plans of the NHS.
  • ESCAPE-pain participants at the Barbara Castle Way Health Centre run by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in Blackburn were featured in a BBC Radio 4 news bulletin by BBC health correspondent, Dominic Hughes on Monday 7th January at 6pm.
  • ESCAPE-pain featured as a news article on the Care City website, 'Exploring community physiotherapy groups as a means to improve the lives of those living with chronic hip and knee pain'. 
  • The ESCAPE-pain Facilitator Training Programme won the 'Specialist Training Programme of the Year' award at the Active Training Awards & Conference held in Birmingham in November 2018. We are honoured to be recognised by our partners in this sector. Read more here.
  • Our congratulations to the Physiotherapy team at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who were winners at their local Trust's 'Excellence 2018' awards held on Tuesday 13 November 2018. They received the 'Excellence in Improving Health' award for their delivery of the ESCAPE-pain programme.
  • Physiotherapy colleagues from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust share their experiences of the ESCAPE-pain programme, how it benefits people with chronic joint pain and encourages them to self-manage their condition. Watch their video here. Video used with permission from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Pioneering NHS sites improving patient outcomes through innovation commended by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP. ESCAPE-pain was included as a case study in a recent NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) report 'Understanding how and why the NHS adopts innovation'
  • ESCAPE-pain programme spreads to 100 sites across the UK - see our site map for your nearest class 
  • Professor Mike Hurley, originator of the ESCAPE-pain programme, was shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual of the Year award at 2018's Active Training Awards.
  • Meet the Innovator blog post - Professor Mike Hurley, creator of ESCAPE-pain, talks about his experiences of trying to encourage the spread and adoption of an innovation and what it takes to succeed.
  • 'Helping patients escape chronic pain in St Helens' - read how the ESCAPE-pain programme is being rolled out and supported in the North West
  • ESCAPE-pain is cited in the UK Active report launched on 12th September 2018, 'Reimagining Ageing'
  • Dr Paul Bowen, a GP in Cheshire, talks about the ESCAPE-pain programme that is being delivered in his local area, and how it can help improve the lives of people living with osteoarthritis/chronic joint pain. Read the full news article here.
  • ESCAPE-pain identified as one of the top 5 case studies in a RAND Europe report commissioned by Public Health England to review the current landscape of health and wellbeing interventions available to employers.i
  • ESCAPE-pain featured in NIHR themed review of musculoskeletal recommendations - The programme has been showcased in the latest NIHR Dissemination Centre report 'Moving Forward'. The report highlights the importance of physiotherapy in improving and reducing the negative effects associated with musculoskeletal conditions. ESCAPE-pain has been commended for its improvement of patient-care and its encouragement of self-care.
  • Better Care for Osteoarthritis - watch this new promotional video produced by one of our leisure sector providers, Everybody Sport & Recreation Limited, and see their website for further details.
  • ESCAPE-pain have published an article Tackling inactivity and osteoarthritis through a health and community leisure partnership in Perspectives in Public Health Volume 138 Issue 4, July 2018 
  • CIMSPA Accreditation - ESCAPE-pain training is accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and now forms part of their Skills Development Partner network.
  • Arthritis becomes a public health priority in England: Public Health England have identified musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions as one of its new priority programmes. Read the full article here.
  • My Story - Arlene Rowe used to suffer from terrible pain because of her Osteoarthritis (OA), and found her life becoming more and more restrictive. Read her story and hear her explain the transformative impact that ESCAPE-pain has had on her physical and mental wellbeing.


Webpage last reviewed: 25 October 2019

Webpage last updated: 25 October 2019