ESCAPE-pain – an award-winning programme designed to support people with chronic joint pain - elearning for healthcare
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ESCAPE-pain – an award-winning programme designed to support people with chronic joint pain

Rachel Gowland, 7 October 2020

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked with the award-winning ESCAPE-pain team and the Health Innovation Network to develop two elearning resources.

The resources aim to help healthcare professionals and exercise instructors understand the principles behind the ESCAPE-pain programme – facilitating group education and exercise sessions for people living with chronic joint pain and learning how the programme may be implemented in their organisation, including outpatient physiotherapy departments, leisure centres and local community settings.

The ESCAPE-pain programme was recently awarded the MSK Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2020.

“The judges felt this was an excellent initiative which enables self-management for people with hip and knee pain. Clear rationale was given for the initiative with supporting evidence and references, which has led to improvement in patient care. The team demonstrated great overall cost saving benefits to the system in terms of total and social health, and the overall ambition to improve general health, fitness and wellbeing was commendable.”

elearning resources

The elearning resources were designed to help interested providers determine how ESCAPE-pain may fit within their organisation and to begin the process towards implementation, and increase awareness in professionals who plan to deliver the programme and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators.

Each elearning session takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, with the aim of improving providers’ understanding of what the programme involves and to prepare for the facilitator training.

To deliver either of the ESCAPE-pain programmes, healthcare professionals and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria are required to attend facilitator training by the ESCAPE-pain team.

More about ESCAPE-pain

Please see the ESCAPE-pain website for more information about the programme and recommended reading.

Accessing the elearning

If you would like to know more about the programme, including access details to the elearning sessions, the ESCAPE-pain team is waiting to support you.

Please email the team at: for more information.

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