Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

Our Partners


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Orthopaedic Research UK 

The national medical charity Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) works to improve bone, joint and muscle wellbeing through education, training and research. From April 2021, ORUK began operating and developing ESCAPE-pain under licence from the Health Innovation Network. 

Established in 1989 by the orthopaedic surgeon Mr Ronald Furlong FRCS, ORUK (formerly known as the Furlong Research Charitable Foundation) is a medical charity dedicated to advancing orthopaedic knowledge, not just by funding and publicising research – but also by organising training and events which promote collaboration between orthopaedic surgeons, scientists and engineers. Today it is one of the most significant funders of orthopaedic research in the UK, working alongside many of the UK’s leading academic institutions.


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Health Innovation Network

The ESCAPE-pain programme was previously hosted by the Health Innovation Network from 2014-2021. Founded by NHS England, the Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London. Its objective is to deliver service improvements and sustainable change, through collaborating with partners from the NHS, universities, local government, industry, the third sector, and prioritising involvement from service users and the public, to drive innovation and best practice across South London.


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St George’s, University of London / Kingston University

Professor Michael Hurley is a Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.


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Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis is a UK based charity working alongside volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers and friends, to do everything they can to push back against arthritis. Versus Arthritis is made up of carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends, parents, runners and fundraisers all united with the ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes. Together, they will continue to develop breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority, and support each other wherever needed. Versus Arthritis recommends the ESCAPE-pain programme.


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Salaso Health Solutions

Salaso Health Solutions is an e-health company that supports clinicians in prescribing exercise with an intuitive platform and helps their patients to turn home exercises and advice into daily routines.


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NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations. Each of the innovations offer solutions to key challenges in Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care and Mental Health. 

Professor Mike Hurley was awarded a Fellowship joining the prestigious 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) to increase national spread of the ESCAPE-pain programme along with 10 other healthcare innovations. The fellowship, initially for one year, was extended to a second and third year, and is supported by a host of industry and healthcare professionals. Professor Hurley is now a member of the NIA alumni.


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Sport England

Sport England’s vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability. They have put tackling inactivity at the heart of its strategy Towards An Active Nation, and launched the Active Ageing fund to tackle inactivity in the over 55s. Sport England are investing up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England that are helping inactive older people get active. In 2018, ESCAPE-pain was selected to work with Sport England on a two year project, in partnership with Versus Arthritis, to help older people increase their physical activity levels.


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ukactive exists to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often. ukactive provides services and facilitates partnerships for a broad range of organisations, all of which support their vision and have a role to play in achieving that goal. They serve over 4,000 members and partners from across the public, private and third sectors, from multinational giants to local voluntary community groups. They do so by facilitating partnerships, campaigning and providing outstanding membership services.


Page last reviewed: 11 February 2022. Page last updated: 11 February 2022. Next review date: April 2022