In collaboration with
70 Years NHS


ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

Introducing ESCAPE-pain

An award winning NICE and QIPP endorsed programme which helps people to manage arthritic joint pain and postpone the need for surgery is being introduced in the North West Coast through the Innovation Agency.

ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) is a six week rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates simple education, self-management and coping strategies, with an exercise regimen individualised for each person.  Participants in the programme have experienced improvements in physical function, general wellbeing, and quality of life – and reduced healthcare economy costs.

Developed by Professor Mike Hurley in London with support from the Health Innovation Network (the AHSN for South London) we are helping its spread in our region by employing a clinical champion and running courses for local physiotherapists and fitness instructors.

The first two organisations to implement ESCAPE-pain locally as part of this work are North West Boroughs Healthcare and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

“This is a course with lots of evidence to show that it works; people attend twice a week for six weeks of group sessions which include education, self management, coping strategies and personalised exercise routines.

“Our aim is to spread this programme into community settings and help more people to manage pain in hips and knees, so they can avoid surgery – and enjoy a more active lifestyle.”

Jen-Gilroy Cheetham, Innovation Agency Programme Manager 

To find out more please email Jen Gilroy-Cheetham.

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