Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise


ESCAPE-pain class at the Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, run by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in Blackburn, was featured in a BBC news bulletin by BBC health correspondent, Dominic Hughes on Monday 7th January at 1pm. In the context of the newly launched NHS Long Term Plan, the piece goes on to say how the class will ease pressure on other parts of the health service and how this will be a key feature for the future plans of the NHS.

ESCAPE-pain participants at the Barbara Castle Way Health Centre run by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in Blackburn were featured in a BBC Radio 4 news bulletin by BBC health correspondent, Dominic Hughes on Monday 7th January at 6pm.

ESCAPE-pain featured as a news article on the Care City website, 'Exploring community physiotherapy groups as a means to improve the lives of those living with chronic hip and knee pain'. 

The ESCAPE-pain Facilitator Training Programme won the 'Specialist Training Programme of the Year' award at the Active Training Awards & Conference held in Birmingham in November 2018. We are honoured to be recognised by our partners in this sector. Read more here.

Our congratulations to the Physiotherapy team at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who were winners at their local Trust's 'Excellence 2018' awards held on Tuesday 13 November 2018. They received the 'Excellence in Improving Health' award for their delivery of the ESCAPE-pain programme.

Physiotherapy colleagues from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust share their experiences of the ESCAPE-pain programme, how it benefits people with chronic joint pain and encourages them to self-manage their condition. Watch their video here. Video used with permission from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Pioneering NHS sites improving patient outcomes through innovation commended by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP. ESCAPE-pain was included as a case study in a recent NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) report 'Understanding how and why the NHS adopts innovation'

ESCAPE-pain programme spreads to 100 sites across the UK - see our site map for your nearest class 

Professor Mike Hurley, originator of the ESCAPE-pain programme, was shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual of the Year award at 2018's Active Training Awards.

Meet the Innovator blog post - Professor Mike Hurley, creator of ESCAPE-pain, talks about his experiences of trying to encourage the spread and adoption of an innovation and what it takes to succeed.

'Helping patients escape chronic pain in St Helens' - read how the ESCAPE-pain programme is being rolled out and supported in the North West

ESCAPE-pain is cited in the UK Active report launched on 12th September 2018, 'Reimagining Ageing'

Dr Paul Bowen, a GP in Cheshire, talks about the ESCAPE-pain programme that is being delivered in his local area, and how it can help improve the lives of people living with osteoarthritis/chronic joint pain. Read the full news article here.

ESCAPE-pain identified as one of the top 5 case studies in a RAND Europe report commissioned by Public Health England to review the current landscape of health and wellbeing interventions available to employers.i

ESCAPE-pain featured in NIHR themed review of musculoskeletal recommendations - The programme has been showcased in the latest NIHR Dissemination Centre report 'Moving Forward'. The report highlights the importance of physiotherapy in improving and reducing the negative effects associated with musculoskeletal conditions. ESCAPE-pain has been commended for its improvement of patient-care and its encouragement of self-care.

Better Care for Osteoarthritis - watch this new promotional video produced by one of our leisure sector providers, Everybody Sport & Recreation Limited, and see their website for further details.

ESCAPE-pain have published an article Tackling inactivity and osteoarthritis through a health and community leisure partnership in Perspectives in Public Health Volume 138 Issue 4, July 2018 

CIMSPA Accreditation - ESCAPE-pain training is accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and now forms part of their Skills Development Partner network.

Arthritis becomes a public health priority in England: Public Health England have identified musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions as one of its new priority programmes. Read the full article here.

My Story - Arlene Rowe used to suffer from terrible pain because of her Osteoarthritis (OA), and found her life becoming more and more restrictive. Read her story and hear her explain the transformative impact that ESCAPE-pain has had on her physical and mental wellbeing.



Please find below, copies of our archived ESCAPE-pain newsletters by month and year. If you should have any questions regarding previous content or would like to make suggestions for future editions please do contact us at hello@escape-pain.org 



January Newsletter 


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November Newsletter

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