Joint Pain Advice

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The Joint Pain Advice (JPA) program was developed by the Health Innovation Network in order to help people understand and manage their knee, hip or back pain (sometimes labelled osteoarthritis) through education and increasing access to exercise, teaching people how to self-manage, control their symptoms and alter the course of their condition. It meets the requirements of NICE Guidance to reduce joint and/or back pain through increasing physical activity and reducing excess body weight combined with lifestyle advice. The model takes the form of up to four appointments, usually half an hour at a time, over a six months period and can easily be incorporated into existing community services.

JPA has been delivered in clinical and community settings, including delivery by health trainers working in Greenwich Public Health. JPA has been shown to help people become more active, reduce their pain and symptoms, improve their mental wellbeing and increase their ability to carry out functional activities.

Current sites:

South London

  • Bromley in partnership with Crystal Palace Physio Group



  • Shropshire in partnership with Shropshire Council’s Public Health service Help2Change
  • Cornwall in partnership with Royal Cornwall Hospital leading on a study of JPA in workplace settings
  • Coventry and across the Midlands in partnership with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

More information can be found here: