ESCAPE-pain facilitator training course (backs - half day)


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. This half-day course is open to facilitators that will have attended the full day ESCAPE-pain for knee/hip training prior to this course. All other participants must attend the full-day ESCAPE-pain for backs course.

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:

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; ESCAPE-pain for backs structure (core components of programme and 12 educational sessions); How to set-up and deliver ESCAPE-pain for backs 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
  • Implementing ESCAPE-pain for backs


  • 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

Trained ESCAPE-pain knee/hip facilitators from commercial organisations (worldwide) & not for profit providers outside the UK
 - £250.00
Trained ESCAPE-pain knee/hip facilitators from public sector & not for profit providers in the UK
 - £175.00