ESCAPE-pain - elearning for healthcare
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  • AHSN Network
  • Health Innovation Network
  • Kingston University, St George's
  • Versus Arthritis

About the ESCAPE-pain programme

ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based and cost-effective group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain.  Designed to increase physical function and improve quality of life, the programme integrates education, self-management and coping strategies, with a personalised exercise regimen for each participant.

There are two ESCAPE-pain programmes designed to support people living with chronic knee and hip pain, and people living with chronic back pain. The research, evidence and endorsements for each programme can be found on the ESCAPE-pain website.

The flexibility of the ESCAPE-pain programme 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.

To deliver the ESCAPE-pain programmes, professionals are required to attend facilitator training.  The training is open to clinicians and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria.


About this resource

We have developed two elearning resources to support the programme. The first session is aimed at helping interested providers determine how ESCAPE-pain may fit within their organisation and to begin the process towards implementation. The second session is aimed at 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.

This work was commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and delivered by Health Education England elearning for healthcare, in collaboration with ESCAPE-pain and the Health Innovation Network.

  • Session 1: Are you ESCAPE-pain ready?
    • The core tenets of the ESCAPE-pain programme
    • The evidence base and cost effectiveness
    • How to resource the programme and implementation resources
    • Participant eligibility criteria, data collection, recruitment and retention
    • Online tools and resources
    • How to become an ESCAPE-pain facilitator
  • Session 2: Preparing for ESCAPE-pain training
    • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and what good MSK health means
    • Key facts regarding knee and hip osteoarthritis and back pain, including information around prevalence, persistent pain and NICE guidelines
    • Theoretical foundations of the ESCAPE-pain programme and the biopsychosocial perspective
    • ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips and ESCAPE-pain for backs programmes, including clinical efficacy, participant eligibility criteria, contraindications for exercise and red flags

More information

The Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London, one of 15 AHSNs across England. As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are uniquely placed to increase the spread and adoption of innovation across large populations, at pace and scale.

AHSNs operate with three core aims: improving outcomes for patients, driving down costs and stimulating economic growth. We work with our members, national commissioners (NHS England & Improvement, Office for Life Sciences) and industry to ensure south Londoners benefit from innovations on a daily basis, and to learn about what works. We don’t see innovation as solely relating to new products or technology: we’re often innovating with clinicians and others to redesign existing pathways or make other changes to the way care is delivered.

ESCAPE-pain was chosen by the AHSN Network as one of seven programmes to support national implementation, between 2018-2020. As the support cycle came to an end, this elearning project was funded to increase awareness and allow potential providers from across the country, to access information and support for the programme.

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

Meet the team involved with creating the elearning resources:

Clinical team:

  • Michael Hurley – Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, St George’s University of London and Kingston University & Clinical Director of the Musculoskeletal Programme, Health Innovation Network
  • Fay Sibley – MSK Deputy Clinical Director, Health Innovation Network
  • Andrew Walker – MSK Deputy Clinical Director, Health Innovation Network

Project team:

  • Ambra Caruso – National Programme Manager, ESCAPE-pain programme, Health Innovation Network
  • Andrea Carter – Programme Director, Musculoskeletal programme, Health Innovation Network
  • Isabel Rodrigues de Abreu – Project Manager, Musculoskeletal programme, Health Innovation Network
  • Francesca Thompson – Project Support Officer, Musculoskeletal programme, Health Innovation Network
  • Lyndsey Callion – Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Angelina Montinaro – Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Campbell – Learning Designer – HEE elearning for healthcare


We would like to thank the AHSN Network for funding this project and Health Education England elearning for healthcare for producing this online resource.

How to access

Available to all

The ESCAPE-pain elearning sessions are freely available to access here.
Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the elfh Hub.

If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the ESCAPE-pain elearning sessions by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My elearning section.

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