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Facilitator training

Please note, the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training and pricing structure will change from January 2023.

The ESCAPE-pain facilitator training for hips and knees and the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training for backs will be combined into a 1.5 day course, covering both areas.

*Please scroll down to view the updated 2023 pricing structure.

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 are outlined below.


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

Exercise professionals

  • 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.

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. If you should have any questions regarding the course in general or your eligibility to attend please email us at

2023 Facilitator training - pricing structure from January 2023


Clinicians and Exercise professionals from existing sites (sites delivering the ESCAPE-pain programme).


Clinicians and Exercise professionals from new sites (i.e. sites not delivering the ESCAPE-pain programme). 

Register to attend training

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

From 2023:

ESCAPE-pain training: facilitator feedback

Over 2,000 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: