Everybody Leisure awarded contract extension to deliver chronic joint pain classes.

By jadegriffin August 20, 2019

Media Release

Everybody Leisure awarded contract extension to deliver chronic joint pain classes.

Everybody Leisure is celebrating after being awarded a contract extension by Health Innovation Network London to continue delivering the ESCAPE- pain programme in South Cheshire.

This extension allows Everybody Leisure to deliver a funded, 12 sessions, evidenced based rehabilitation programme ESCAPE-pain, designed to reduce pain and disability for people with chronic joint pain.

Janice who has completed the programme shares: “I am 71 years old and I have quite an arthritic left hip, which is also causing pain in my left knee. Before I came on this course, I couldn’t get up out of a chair very well. I certainly wasn’t very mobile, and I didn’t have very much confidence in my physical abilities at all.”

Janice continues, “since coming on this course, I have very little pain in my left hip, I have almost no pain in my left knee. I can get up out of a chair very well and I have a lot more confidence in my ability to do physical things.”

“This class is done in a nice social situation, so we are all in this together. Certainly physically has done me a great deal of good.”

The grant was originally awarded to Everybody Leisure in 2018 by the Health Innovation Network, funded through Sport England’s Active Ageing Fund and Versus Arthritis. Due to the success of the programme the contract has now been extended.

Donna Williamson, Senior Health and Wellbeing Manager at Everybody Leisure is delighted to have been awarded the extension: “It’s a great opportunity for us to support those with chronic pain in being more active and improving their quality of life and better managing their condition. Just like Janice, many participants have benefitted from attending this programme and we look forward to giving more people the funded option to continue to access this. Thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we wouldn’t be able to do this without you.”

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The programme will be available for:

  • Anyone aged over 55 years
  • Have Osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip pain for at least 3 months
  • Inactive doing less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise weekly
  • Independently mobile and able to carry out regular exercise and committed to taking part in 2 classes per week over 6 weeks and returning for a final session on week 12.

The next course will take place at Crewe Lifestyle Centre with an introductory session taking place on 13th September 13:00- 14:30pm.

Spaces are limited so please contact the Everybody Healthy team to secure your place on, 01270 685589 or email: [email protected]. For more information visit: www.everybody.org.uk


Notes to Editor

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

The Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London, one of 15 AHSNs across England. As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients. This means AHSNs are uniquely placed to identify and spread health innovation at pace and scale; driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.

The ESCAPE-pain programme is an intervention for people with knee osteoarthritis developed by Professor Mike Hurley. The programme is hosted by the Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network for south London, and supported by NHS England and Versus Arthritis. ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better. Website: http://www.escape-pain.org/ Twitter: @escape_pain

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