What is ESCAPE Pain?

ESCAPE Pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise. ESCAPE Pain is a rehabilitation programme that helps people with osteoarthritis (OA) and/or chronic joint pain self-manage their condition.

The programme aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life and is targeted at those suffering from knee or hip osteoarthritis.

The programme runs over five weeks, with participants attending for one hour, twice a week. Each session contains around a 20 minute discussion focused on helping to support self-management followed by around 45 minutes of exercise.

How does it work?

ESCAPE Pain is open to both self-referrals and referrals from health professionals. Health professionals can refer individuals to the programme which is held at our One Leisure centres.

Who is it for?

ESCAPE Pain is open to any Huntingdonshire resident who currently suffers from OA. Patients are suitable to be referred/self-refer into the programme if they meet the following criteria:

  • over 45 years of age
  • knee and/or hip OA or
  • chronic knee and/or hip pain for 3 months and more
  • needing a supervised exercise programme in order to:
    • gain confidence and motivate themselves or
    • get them started on a self-management programme
  • independently mobile
  • able to communicate well enough in a group setting
  • no contraindications to regular exercise

Please note that even if you do not meet the criteria above you may still be able to take up the programme. Please contact us on 01480 388857 to discuss this further.

How much does it cost?

The programme costs £30 for the 10 sessions. Following the end of the programme  participants will be given the opportunity to continue exercising using the One Leisure Centres, or recommended other activities to continue their progress.

How to refer a patient or self-refer

You can email or print and send the form to us:

Please complete the form as fully as possible and email it to exercise.referral@huntingdonshire.gov.uk (please mark the subject 'ESCAPE Pain') or send (marked Private and Confidential) to:

One Leisure Active Lifestyles
Huntingdonshire District Council
St Mary’s Street
Huntingdon
PE29 3TN

Alternatively, if you would prefer you can call us on 01480 388857 and we will fill out a form over the phone with you.

What happens when you receive my referral form?

Once we have received your form we will phone you about upcoming courses local to you. We are continuously planning courses and are looking to expand the programme across our One Leisure centres.