The flexibility of ESCAPE-pain means it can be delivered in a variety of locations and by a variety of professionals. ESCAPE-pain has been successfully delivered in outpatient physiotherapy departments, leisure centres and local community settings by physiotherapists, osteopaths and exercise professionals.
In order to deliver the ESCAPE-pain classes and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators, professionals are required to attend the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training course. The training is open to clinicians and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria (outlined below).
The full day training course covers:
The theoretical foundations and evidence-base for ESCAPE-pain (including its clinical and cost effectiveness)
The practical skills required to support behaviour change in people to self-manage their OA through developing enhanced motivational interviewing, goal setting, helping people develop action and coping plans, and group facilitation techniques
How to set-up and deliver ESCAPE-pain (including optimising referrals, uptake and retention and how to run each session of the programme)
Guidance on how to develop and adapt ESCAPE-pain to work within different settings
National Policy and overview of ESCAPE-pain, including ESCAPE-pain in the community
Overview of MSK, physical activity and osteoarthritis
Understanding the psychology of pain
Principles of self-management, motivational interviewing, health behaviour change and group facilitation
Group exercise management
Healthy eating guidance
Methods of managing pain
Sustaining physical activity and other health behaviours.
After completing the training course, facilitators will receive the following resources and support:
Training Manual (for facilitators)
Participant booklet (participant handout)
Exercise sheets (participant handout)
PowerPoint slides: to deliver the education component
Ongoing implementation advice & support and annual data analysis
The ESCAPE-pain training is accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs). Trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators that are members of these professional bodies are eligible for 8 and 7 CPD points (respectively).
Please note this is not a train the trainer model. By attending the ESCAPE-pain facilitator training you will be able to deliver the ESCAPE-pain programme, however you will NOT be able to train others to deliver the programme.