ESCAPE-pain stands for: Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise.

In this group session, you will discuss and explore topics around arthritic pain.

The aim is to help you to understand the cause of your discomfort, and to learn coping strategies to help manage your pain, and to improve functional movements.

This is a national programme, and it is constantly audited to make sure the service is bringing the best care, both locally and nationally.

What to expect

You will attend 12 sessions over six weeks (Tuesday and Friday each week).

Each session is based on an education/advice section and an exercise section, in total lasting one hour.

Session times

  • Tuesday and Friday, 1.00pm-2.00pm
  • Tuesday and Friday, 2.30pm-3.30pm


Your GP can refer you to Outpatient Physiotherapy to access this class.

You will then be sent a letter inviting you to attend the class.

Referrals can also be made by other allied health professionals


The Link Centre, Swindon (in association with BETTER health leisure centres) - please see the BETTER website: Link Centre


Tel: 01793 605093

Further information

Please see the ESCAPE-pain website.

There is also a free ESCAPE-pain app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Apps Store or Google Play Store.