Mike Hurley, Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences, launches the ESCAPE pain website.

Mike-HurleyEnabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise – ESCAPE-pain – is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates simple education, self-management and coping strategies, with an exercise regimen individualised for each person undertaking the programme.

ESCAPE pain was launched to an audience of physiotherapists, patients, commissioners, policy advisers, and representatives from NHS England, the Department of Health, leisure centres, and charities.  Detailed description of how to set up and run ESCAPE-pain, and all the resources (educational presentations, exercise guides, patient information leaflets, supporting evidence) required to run the programme are freely available after registering on the site.

Mike is Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences in the faculty and Clinical Director, Musculoskeletal Programme, in the Health Improvement Network (HIN) South London. Escape-Pain is in collaboration with the Health Innovation Network.

Dr Karen Robb, Regional Rehabilitation Lead – London, NHS England, said: “What’s really important for me is that we promote the adoption of this programme and make sure its dissemination achieves the best possible reach. We need to support commissioners to identify what works for them by bringing all this good work together in a clear way.”

Tim Marshall, Policy Adviser, Department of Health, on the ESCAPE-pain programme: “I’m really keen to promote a holistic approach to patient-centred care, so hearing real examples and experiences from real patients about how it helps them in their daily lives is great. I’m a huge advocate of exercise in maintaining good health.”