About ESCAPE-pain
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. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

The ESCAPE-pain model was designed and developed by Professor Mike Hurley (St. George’s University of London) with the support of an Arthritis Research UK Fellowship. It is an innovative approach to help people understand and manage their knee or hip pain through education and exercise, teaching people how to self-manage, control their symptoms and alter the course of their condition.

The programme
ESCAPE-pain is one of the seven programmes which has been selected for national adoption and spread across the AHSN Network during 2018-2020.

UCLPartners are now inviting partner organisations to apply to join our ESCAPE-pain programme. The programme will provide training and capability development, as well as networking opportunities for ESCAPE-pain facilitators across the UCLPartners region:

To deliver ESCAPE-pain, facilitators must attend a 1-day facilitator training course. The course covers the principles of self-management, motivational interviewing and group facilitation techniques. After completing a training course, facilitators will also receive a set of resources to support the delivery of classes.
UCLPartners will fully-fund up to 30 facilitators to complete this course. In the case of multiple submissions per borough, UCLPartners will restrict funding for training to a maximum of 2 facilitators per borough. To participate in this programme, facilitators must be available to attend one of the following training day sessions:

  • Friday 22 March 2019
  • Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Friday 17 May 2019
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019
  • Wednesday 3 July 2019

The ESCAPE-pain training has been approved by the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs) and we can now offer our trained facilitators 7 CPD points if they are registered with REPs.

Community of practice 
Each facilitator will also be invited to join a Community of Practice (CoP), hosted by UCLPartners each quarter. The primary objective of the CoP will be to create a network of facilitators delivering ESCAPE-pain in acute, community and public health settings. Facilitators will be provided with an opportunity to share learnings based on their local adoption of ESCAPE-pain. UCLPartners will also introduce expert inputs on selected topics to develop the capability of the cohort to spread and adopt innovations. Preliminary dates set for the CoP are:
•Tues 26 March 2019 (2-4pm)

Participant: Each successful applicant will be expected to have sufficient time and resources available to attend the one of the facilitator training days and actively participate in the CoP and the programme.

Organisation: Each facilitator will be expected to deliver ESCAPE-pain to at least one cohort (with a minimum of 10 participants completing the rehab) before 30th March 2019 and commit to include ESCAPE-pain as part of their ongoing offer to the population they serve.

Who can apply
UCLPartners are inviting applications from qualified professionals across acute, community and public health settings within our region.

Qualification requirements for ESCAPE-pain facilitators are as follows:

Clinical staff:
• Physiotherapist (or other relevant clinical qualification – suitability to be assessed on a case by case basis to ensure appropriate clinical knowledge and experience of prescribing exercise to patients)
• Basic clinical knowledge of osteoarthritis and its management are required, including familiarity with delivering education and exercise to patients
• At least 2 years post graduate experience

Non-clinical staff:
• Level 2/3 underpinning anatomy and physiology (essential)
• Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification OR level 4 qualification (essential)
• At least 150 hours previous experience of working with specialist populations e.g.
• Exercise Referral, Cardiac, Back care, Falls etc. (essential)
• Physiotherapy Assistants (under the supervision of a qualified Physiotherapist)
• One or more REPS Level 4 Qualifications (desirable)
• Introduction to MI/Understanding Behaviour Change (desirable)

Please note each application must be supported by an executive sponsor.

How to apply

To apply, please complete an application form and email it to

If you have any questions, please email

Notes for applicants are available here.

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Programme leadership

The ESCAPE-pain programme is led by Kate Hall, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Capability, UCLPartners.
For more information, please email in the first instance.