ESCAPE-pain facilitator training course (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.

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.




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.


Course programme:


  • Introduction, structure and course overview
  • ESCAPE-pain for backs: the fundamentals
  • ESCAPE-pain structure


  • Lunch


  • Supporting behaviour change
  • Implementing ESCAPE-pain for backs
  • Overview of resources and questions


  • Questions / close


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. 


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Event Details

Existing ESCAPE-pain site (for public sector & not for profit providers in the UK)
 - £200.00
Existing ESCAPE-pain site (for commercial organisations (worldwide) & not for profit providers outside the UK)
 - £350.00
New ESCAPE-pain site (for public sector & not for profit providers in the UK)
 - £300.00
New ESCAPE-pain site (for commercial organisations (worldwide) & not for profit providers outside the UK)
 - £500.00