ESCAPE-pain facilitator training course (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.

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.




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.

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:


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


  • Lunch


  • Supporting behaviour change
  • Implementing ESCAPE-pain
  • 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
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