Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

Facilitator training


Due to covid-19 & social distancing measures, scheduled face-to-face training courses have been suspended and virtual training courses are being offered during this time. 


The virtual training enables facilitators to deliver face-to-face ESCAPE-pain classes when social distancing measures have been lifted. The training does not enable facilitators to deliver virtual classes. Some sites are trialling virtual approaches to deliver the programme to participants while social distancing measures are in place. These are temporary measures being delivered by established sites, while the face-to-face programme cannot be safely delivered, or until the approach has been evaluated as appropriate for longer term use by the ESCAPE-pain team. Please contact hello@escape-pain.org with any questions. 


About the programme and training courses

The ESCAPE-pain programme is a 6 week (12 session) rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

The ESCAPE-pain programme supports people living with chronic hip and knee pain or non-specific low back pain:

  • ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips
  • ESCAPE-pain for backs 

The two programmes compliment each other, however they are two separate programmes, with their own participant eligibility criteria, session content and facilitator training requirements. Facilitators must be trained in each to deliver both programmes.

The flexibility of ESCAPE-pain means it can be delivered in a variety of locations and by a range of professionals. The programmes have been successfully delivered in outpatient physiotherapy departments, leisure centres and local community settings by physiotherapists, osteopaths and exercise professionals.

In order to attend either training course, providers will need to demonstrate they meet the pre-requisites to attend facilitator training. Eligibility criteria for both training courses is:


Please note: ESCAPE-pain does not have a train the trainer model. By attending ESCAPE-pain training you will be able to deliver the programme, however you will NOT be able to train others to deliver it.

Clinicians                  Exercise professionals


  • Basic clinical knowledge of osteoarthritis and its management are required, including familiarity with delivering education and exercise to patients. 






  • Level 2/3 gym instructor/ personal trainer or equivalent (demonstrating underpinning anatomy and physiology knowledge). 
  • Level 3 exercise referral OR a level 4 qualification 
  • At least 150 hours previous experience of working with specialist populations (e.g. exercise referral, cardiac, back care, falls etc.)

All three points must be met in order to attend training.  View this decision flow chart tool to help determine exercise professional eligibility to attend training. 


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





















Register to attend training

To learn more about each training, schedule of fees and upcoming course dates, please visit the respective training pages:


ESCAPE-pain training: facilitator feedback

Over 1,500 facilitators have been trained to deliver the ESCAPE-pain programmes, demonstrating a strong commitment to increasing access to the ESAPE-pain programme for participants across the UK.

Watch the videos below, to see what facilitators have said about the programme:




Page last reviewed: 06 January 2022. Page last updated: 06 January 2022. Next review date: March 2022