ESCAPE-pain training (knees/hips)

Date: 15/10/2021
Time: 9:15 am BST
Location: Zoom video conferencing platform

Available spaces: 14

ESCAPE-pain training (knees/hips)


ESCAPE-pain is a 6 week (12 session) evidence-based, group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, 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. 

Target audience: In order to deliver ESCAPE-pain for knees/hips, 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 in the table below).

CPD: 8 credits for CIMSPA members

Pre-qualification criteria:

Clinicians Exercise professionals
  • Basic clinical knowledge of osteoarthritis and its management are required, including familiarity with delivering education and exercise to patients.






  • Level 2/3 gym instructor/ personal trainer or equivalent (demonstrating underpinning anatomy and physiology knowledge).
  • Level 3 exercise referral OR a level 4 qualification
  • At least 150 hours previous experience of working with specialist populations (e.g. exercise referral, cardiac, back care, falls etc.)

All three points must be met in order to attend training.  View this decision flow chart tool to help determine exercise professional eligibility to attend training.

In order to deliver the ESCAPE-pain classes and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators, professionals are required to attend the ESCAPE-pain training course. The course is open to clinicians and exercise professionals who meet the pre-qualifcation criteria. 


Course programme:

09:15  Introduction, structure and course overview

09:45  ESCAPE-pain: the fundamentals

10.30  ESCAPE-pain structure

12:20  Lunch

13:05  Supporting behaviour change

14:15  Implementing ESCAPE-pain

15:15  Overview of resources and questions

16:00  Close of course


The course aims to cover:

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 and sustaining physical activity and other health behaviours.

After completing the training course

Facilitators will receive a suite of resources (including access to and support from our help-desk team) that will enable them to implement and deliver the programme. 


The quickest way to register and confirm your place is to book online by credit or debit card. In order for you to register online you will need to register with our website first, upon registration with ORUK you will be given the option to book this event online.

If you have already registered with our website you can sign in and book.

You can also pay by direct bank transfer, our transfer details are listed on the registration form.

Please ensure you also complete and return a registration form regardless of your payment method. Registration form


Registration fees:

Clinicians and Exercise professionals from existing sites (sites delivering either ESCAPE-pain programme: for knees/hips and/or for backs). Clinicians and Exercise professionals from new sites (i.e. sites not delivering either ESCAPE-pain programme).
Public sector/not for profit organisations in the UK ​£250*

(£200 facilitator training delivered virtually*)


(£300 for facilitator training delivered virtually*)

Commercial organisations (worldwide) and not for profit organisations outside of the UK ​£350 ​​£500








Please contact the events team via email: escape-pain@oruk.org  or telephone: +44 (0)20 7307 3015 if you have any further queries.

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