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ESCAPE-pain - supporting people with chronic joint pain

Posted on: November 30th, 2020 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) with ESCAPE-pain and the Health Innovation Network developed two e-learning resources, aimed at helping 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.

What is the ESCAPE-pain programme?

Designed to increase physical function and improve quality of life, ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based and cost-effective group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain.

The ESCAPE-pain programme can be delivered in a variety of locations including outpatient physiotherapy departments, leisure centres and local community settings by healthcare professionals and exercise instructors.

There are two ESCAPE-pain programmes designed to support people living with chronic knee and hip pain, and people living with chronic back pain.

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

The research, evidence and endorsements for each programme can be found on the ESCAPE-pain website.

e-Learning resources

The e-learning resources are aimed at:

  1. helping interested providers determine how ESCAPE-pain may fit within their organisation and to begin the process towards implementation.
  2. professionals who plan to deliver the programme and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators.

Each e-learning 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.

More about ESCAPE-pain

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.”

The e-learning was commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, in collaboration with ESCAPE-pain and the Health Innovation Network.

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

Accessing the e-Learning

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

Please email the team at: for more information.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies