ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain resulting from hip and or knee osteoarthritis. It integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with a personalised exercise plan. By helping individuals to understand their condition and take simple steps to manage their pain, evaluation of ESCAPE-pain has demonstrated:
- reduced pain
- improved physical function
- improved psychosocial consequences of pain
- reduced healthcare and utilisation costs
ESCAPE-pain is typically delivered in 10-12 group sessions over a 5-6-week period in hospital, leisure centre or community settings. It was first implemented by the Health Innovation Network
(HIN) in South London and as of August 2019, is active in over 200 sites nationally.
In 2017, ESCAPE-pain was selected to join the NHS National Innovation Accelerator to encourage the spread of the programme.
Wessex AHSN is supporting the spread and adoption of ESCAPE-pain programmes across our geography. In our first year of supporting the programme we have funded training for 42 new facilitators and have facilitated networking and project plans across Wessex. From September 2019 ESCAPE-pain will be offered from 21 sites across Dorset, Wilshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, running in a variety of settings including physio gyms, local leisure centres and community venues. For details of sites offering ESCAPE-pain programmes please click here
For more information visit www.escape-pain.org
or contact Linda du Preez, Jo Marks or Rob Payne for further information.