ESCAPE-pain training (for backs)

Date: 16/09/2021
Time: 9:15 am BST
Location: Zoom video conferencing platform

Available spaces: 11

ESCAPE-pain training (for backs)


ESCAPE-pain for backs is a 6 week (12 session) group rehabilitation programme for people with non-specific low back 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. 

Target audience: In order to deliver ESCAPE-pain for backs, professionals are required to attend the ESCAPE-pain for backs facilitator training course. The training is open to clinicians and exercise instructors who meet the pre-qualification criteria (outlined in the table below).


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 classes and become ESCAPE-pain for backs facilitators, professionals are required to attend the ESCAPE-pain for backs training course. The course is open to clinicians and exercise professionals who meet the pre-qualification criteria. 


Course programme:

09:15  Introduction, structure and course overview

09:50  Back pain: the fundamentals

10.30  ESCAPE-pain for backs structure

12:10  Supporting behaviour change

12:50  Lunch

13.50  Supporting behaviour change cont.

14:40  Implementing ESCAPE-pain for backs

15:20  Overview of resources and questions

16:00  Close of course


The course aims to cover:

Overview of ESCAPE-pain for hips/knees and it’s evidence base; The fundamentals of non-specific low back pain (scale of problem and how to manage it); NICE guidelines for low back pain; Understanding the psychology of pain; Overview of principles of self-management, motivational interviewing, health behaviour change and group facilitation; ESCAPE-pain for backs structure (core components of programme and 12 educational sessions); How to set-up and deliver ESCAPE-pain (including optimising referrals, uptake and retention and how to deliver each session of the programme; Data collection and reporting; 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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