Escape-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) is an award winning QIPP endorsed programme which helps people to manage arthritic joint pain and postpone the need for surgery. ESCAPE-pain was adopted as a case study in NICE’s Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme  and delivers the NICE core recommendations of exercise and education for the management of osteoarthritis.This award-winning programme is being introduced across the UCLPartners geography.
ESCAPE-pain 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.
The programme was developed in south London by Professor Mike Hurley with support from the Health Innovation Network. Now, it has been selected by the AHSN Network as a programme to be spread around the country.
We are helping to spread the programme in our geography by supporting facilitators to be trained and developing a Community of Practice for local physiotherapists and other appropriately qualified professionals from the acute, community and public health setting.
Examples from across the country have shown this programme to be effective in helping those experiencing hip and knee pain manage their symptoms. Some even maintain increased activity beyond completion of the programme. Taking part involves attending group sessions twice a week for six weeks. Sessions include education, self-management, coping strategies and personalised exercise routines. By supporting the training of professionals in our region and creating a community of practice we aim to help people experiencing pain to have a better quality of life.