Royal Society for Public Health’s Health and Wellbeing Award recognises Escape – Into the Community programme

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Andrea Carter (left), MSK Programme Manager and Mike Hurley (right), MSK Clinical Director, Health Innovation Network, accepting the award from Lord Patel of Bradford, Vice-President, Royal Society of Public Health

School of Rehabilitation Sciences professor Mike Hurley and Health Innovation Network (South London), where he is clinical director, have been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)’s Health and Wellbeing Awards, for their ESCAPE – into the Community programme.

ESCAPE-pain is a NICE-endorsed rehabilitation programme for people with chronic knee and hip pain, which integrates self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

ESCAPE – into the Community has seen the ESCAPE-pain programme delivered to people in leisure centres and other community centres, allowing for greater ease of access away from traditional care settings.

Professor Mike Hurley, clinical director (MSK), at the Health Innovation Network said: “ESCAPE-pain is a programme we have shown to be clinically effective, cost effective – and people like it. The programme is now running in 25 clinical departments up and down the country. Until recently it has only been delivered in NHS physiotherapy outpatient departments, but we want to help people outside of traditional NHS environments – in the community and workplaces. Recognition by the RSPH Health and Wellbeing Award will help us greatly”.