Health Innovation Network: Enabling Self-management and Coping of Arthritic Pain through Exercise, ESCAPE-pain

Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

The programme:

  • reduces pain;
  • improves physical function, activity and mental wellbeing;
  • reduces healthcare utilisation;
  • is more cost-effective than usual care.

The Health Innovation Network has delivered training and support to enable NHS and leisure providers to transform care. Starting from just two sites in 2014, ESCAPE-pain is now delivered by physiotherapists and exercise professionals at nearly 300 locations across the UK; 20,000 people have benefited from the programme.

Read a detailed case study about this project at HSJ Solutions 


  • West Kent Alliance and Partners: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust, West Kent CCG, Kent Community Health FT, West Kent Health, High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, Sussex/East Surrey CCG, Kent and Medway and Social Care Partnership Trust: West Kent Alliance MSK Pathway Transformation – HIGHLY COMMENDED
  • Northern Devon Healthcare Trust: Enhanced recovery programme for elective joint replacement
  • Sussex MSK Partnership Central, Here (Care Unbound), Sussex Community FT, Sussex Partnership FT and Horder Healthcare: Cultivating a Culture of Evidence Based Value Medicine