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The importance of technology in healthcare is unquestionable. Yet so often it can be difficult for healthcare providers to introduce new technologies because of numerous barriers. The Huntercombe Group strives to continually seek innovative solutions to improve care and are currently piloting a new software called Brain in Hand at Cedar House in Canterbury. Brain read more

In the award-winning BBC 2 series, Employable Me, inspiring people prove that having a neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable. The latest series features 26-year-old Alan, who has high-functioning autism, and 46 year-old Erica, with Asperger Syndrome. To help them prepare for work, and to support them whilst in work, the Employable Me team gave read more

ORCHA has the most comprehensive library of independently reviewed health and care Apps in the world. An independent organisation, it advises local authorities, NHS and the public on the best and safest apps based on proven evidence. We’re delighted to say that following a rigorous assessment, it’s given Brain in Hand the highest rating of read more

It is estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with Autism in Hampshire; a lifelong condition, which touches the lives of many more. Hampshire County Council, with its Argenti telehealthcare partnership, has introduced a smartphone app called Brain in Hand to support people receiving services from the County Council, helping them to access personalised read more

We have worked with Which? magazine to share a series on autism and university. Across four articles, autistic students are given advice on how to prepare for university. Click here to read about student and Brain in Hand user Holly, in which she shares how our technology helps her to cope with university life.

TSA is the industry body for Technology Enabled Care (TEC).  It believes that technology should put people first. That services should be joined-up around the individual, keeping people in contact with practitioners, monitoring services and carers. TSA also believes that technology can make a significant contribution to managing and reducing the current financial pressures and workforce shortages, read more

We’ve updated the Brain in Hand app to make it better for you. Brain in Hand version 3.0 includes some new features and a cleaner, easier to read design. Read more about each of the new features below. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us.

Bright and clear design

We have tweaked the layout to make Brain in Hand easier to use. We’re sure you’ll notice the bright green design and cleaner look. We’ve also added clearer titles at the top of the page, to help you navigate the app, and a red banner appears across the top of the app’s homepage to let you know if you’re no longer connected to the internet (you don’t need the internet to access your calendar, reminders or coping strategies but it is needed to send red button alerts).

Websites and Phone Numbers

Brain in Hand stores all of your best solutions for you to access when you need them. Now these solutions can include telephone numbers or website addresses, so that you can quickly and easily reach the person or information you need. So if the bus is late, one of your solutions can be ‘call mum’ with her number included or ‘check the timetable to find out when the next bus is due’ with a link to the bus company’s website.

Home Page Reminders

Brain in Hand can help remind you about the activities that are important to you. It could be a prompt to drink water every two hours, or take medicine after every meal, whatever you choose.

We’ve improved these reminders, as they are now blue before the task is due; when the time comes to undertake the task, a notification will appear on your phones reminding you and if you don’t the icon will turn red until you have. Once completed you can simply tap complete on the notification and mark the task as complete. The completed task will appear on the timeline on your Brain in Hand website.

Now and Next Widget

Apple has joined android phones in featuring widgets. These are boxes that contain a small amount of useful information, accessed by a swipe from the home or lock page. So we have developed a Brain in Hand widget for you to use. It features the traffic light icon, making it easier for you to request help by pressing red if needed. We also feature now and next, letting you know what calendar events are taking place now and what’s next. This also works on apple watches.

Try a demo account of Brain in Hand

To help give people a taster of Brain in Hand, we have created a new demonstration account. The demo includes a short video and live web chat. If you know someone who would like to try Brain in Hand, they can download a demo onto their phone:

Download the Brain in Hand app from the Apple app store or Google Play Store and either log on to a user account, watch a 30 second video, or access our demo account – ‘Timothy’.

  • Brain in Hand has helped me to solve all sorts of problems by myself, which has really built my confidence. For example, I have an issue with eye contact when I talk with friends. To solve this, I plan in advance what I can say to a person, which is something I put into my Brain in Hand.

    Brain in Hand user

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  • I wish that there had been something like this when I was a headteacher of a challenging school for those individuals who were either autistic or suffered from anxiety. It would have added another level of support.

    Parent of a Brain in Hand user

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  • “We can use Brain in Hand to help people to achieve those outcomes and use the data from the system to demonstrate this: You put the same things into Brain in Hand that are being measured by the council.”

    Brain in Hand user

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  94% of people say that Brain in Hand is having a positive impact on their life. But Glenn, our technical lead won’t rest until that figure is 100%. As technology evolves, we will continue to work with users to further advance the software to best meet their needs. This month sees an update to read more

Former Royal Navy Air Engineer, Kathleen, 34, from Hornchurch, Essex has autism and Post Traumatic Stress Reaction (PTSR). After years of being a serviceman, Kathleen is very used to being self-reliant, but in certain situations, she finds it hard to cope. She has a strong network of support, including her husband, Mark, her mother and read more

Setting up hundreds of students across the UK with personalised support, five common causes of anxiety have become clear. Do you know them? In this article we share the top five triggers for student anxiety alongside tips to tackle them, shared by our students.   1  Independent living basics Moving away from home for the read more

The UK is celebrating record job figures, with an unemployment rate of 4.9% reported last month. But what about unemployment amongst those with a disability, including autism or learning disabilities? Fewer than 50% of disabled people are in employment and this figure shows no sign of changing. The barriers affecting an individual vary widely, depending on read more

As part of its “Valuing People Now” strategy, Wolverhampton City Council is working to give people with learning difficulties more options for independence.  With Department of Health funding, it’s creating alternative housing with innovative support, including Brain in Hand, to help people live as independently as possible. The programme will give residents options to move read more

  De Montfort University has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Services Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The judges selected the university in recognition of its decision to implement Brain in Hand and the positive impact this has had.  The university chose to introduce Brain in Hand for autistic students, helping read more

To celebrate the conclusion of World Autism Awareness Week we are running our fourth Minecraft marathon on Monday 3rd April, from 10:00am until 10:00pm – and we’d like your help. Our goal is to play Minecraft for 12 hours and create a world featuring Brain in Hand offices, but bigger, brighter, with stained glass windows read more

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements. Implementing Brain in Hand as read more

Tom Hanks really does deserve the title of “The Nicest Guy In Hollywood” and has proved it again with Asperger’s Champion and Brain in Hand advocate Rosie King.  Whilst both appearing on the One Show he responded to her ambition to write professionally with a promise to send her a typewriter from his treasured collection.   read more

Every year thousands of young people with autism start out on university life.  This year, Rosie King is one of those students. Last night she shared her experiences with The One Show, discussing how she prepared herself for “one of the most exciting and most petrifying concepts on my mind – leaving home to go to university read more

Adult and Children’s Services teams from across the UK are collaborating to develop a digital blue print for how Brain in Hand can be integrated into the care pathways of social care, education and other essential parts of service delivery. Brain in Hand is already proven in a large beacon local authority. Others are keen read more

  Our customer, Autism East Midlands, has made the short list in the prestigious Charity Times Awards 2016.  Its use of Brain in Hand to transform the lives of the people it supports has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector in the Best Use of Technology category. To find out read more

In recognition of its work with autistic students and those with speech, language and communication needs, our customer, West Exe School has been presented with The Devon Inclusion Award.  It recognises the outstanding support provided. The school has targeted intervention including social skills, mentoring, the ‘Brain in Hand’ app and a wide range of literacy read more

“This is an exciting new venture that brings together experts from industry, academia, and the NHS to develop and evaluate new technologies that can help people who have had a brain injury. What is key for us is that the technology is easily accessible, is user-friendly, and will improve independence and quality of life for read more

Autistic people make brilliant employees. Alongside their individual talents, it’s widely reported employees on the spectrum bring above-average skills in accuracy, reliability, conscientiousness and persistence.  Yet only 15% of those who want to work are in employment. Last week we were delighted to join Channel 4’s Alan Gardner, star of The Autistic Gardener documentary, Jamie read more

On Friday 8th April, we will be running our third minecraft marathon and there are three ways you can help! Yes, to celebrate world autism awareness week, raise money for The National Autistic Society and our local radio station “Positively Autistic” at Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, we will be running our third epic Minecraft game. Our read more

Did you know that the cost of supporting an individual with autism or a mental health condition ranges from £33,000 to £98,000 per annum? More than 30 local authorities and providers are using Brain in Hand to reduce the costs of support whilst dramatically improving outcomes. We’ve gathered 5 great examples. To plan how Brain in Hand read more





Easing demand on night support staff

Night shift teams shutterstock_343800929can sometimes feel stretched. The “security net” that Brain in Hand offers is reducing demand on such teams. One women with asperger’s would meltdown when alone at night; but Brain in Hand has given her “more confidence to be able to tackle issues” and significantly decrease her reliance on night time support. As one to one night time support is more than £100, this represents a vital saving.


Reducing crisis support time

Autism TDfLRKMj6ogether saw a universal reduction in anxiety, less escalation and far fewer restraints when using Brain in Hand. Less staff time was needed to support users as difficult or challenging behaviour was reduced and a marked decrease in the “fall-out” from problems that cropped up unexpectedly was seen.



Starting out on new independent activities can bring anxiety, be it attending university, a work placement or travelling alone. Brain in Hand software is packed with features to help people become more independent, and if things get too much and you need extra help, an app on your phone includes a traffic light feature where read more

We are very excited to announce that from 7pm till 8pm on Wednesday 17th February, the brilliant Rosie King will be hosting a live Q&A on Twitter with The National Autistic Society and Brain in Hand. Rosie has described brilliantly how Brain in Hand has helped her move towards independence in her latest blog.  Rosie read more

In the latest edition of Professional Social Work, a viewpoint article features Jane Carolan, Director of Client Services at Wirral Autistic Society.  Whilst posing the question ‘Can machines replace humans in providing support to service users?’ she shares some of the fantastic results they have seen using Brain in Hand. To read the full article visit

Autech 2015 looks to inform and inspire. On 1st October more than 400 professionals supporting those with Autism will come together to hear the very latest in assistive technology. Hosted by the Wirral Autistic Society, Dr Matthew S Goodwin, Emmy Award winner Rosie King and Dame Stephanie Shirley will be giving a keynote and so will our read more

With exam results on their way, this Saturday’s Daily Telegraph handily featured a Parent’s Guide to University.  One feature we were delighted to read was “Students’ little helpers” giving “a rundown of some of the most useful” apps.  Alongside Google calendar and BBC Good Food was Brain in Hand! We are delighted to have been read more

BBC East Midlands visited our partners Autism East Midlands today to hear how Brain in Hand has helped their day-to-day support. Support worker Kirsty Lowde demonstrated how Luke, a Brain in Hand user, uses the system to manage his time. Luke reported that “it’s really made a difference to me… it’s really, really helped.” Jane read more

  Scheduled Webinars Brain in Hand is running a series of webinars (60mins each) to demonstrate our University Edition to Disabled Students’ Allowance needs assessors, HE disability and support staff, Non-Medical Helpers and assistive technology suppliers. Webinar dates are as follows: Thursday 1st February 10am Thursday 1st February 2pm Friday 9th February 10am Friday 9th read more

Training for Your Team

We are also currently visiting universities and access centres to deliver workshops (90-120mins), so that everyone can familiarise themselves with the features and advantages of Brain in Hand, hear stories from our student users and learn more about the recommendation process.

Alternatively, we can schedule an online taster session (60mins) for you and your team to join together.

If you and your colleagues would like to know more please book a training visit or a webinar now.


For full details of how Brain in Hand can support students at university, please visit our Student Support, NMH Supporter or Needs Assessors’ Support pages.

For more information or to ask a question about Brain in Hand University Edition, please call us on 01392 247 909 or email


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We are delighted to announce that Brain in Hand has passed approval for funding to individuals in higher education through Disabled Students’ Allowances, helping students to be more confident and independent at university.  It can help overcome barriers to learning, and offer support where and when it is most needed, in order to give the read more

At Brain in Hand we are thrilled that this year’s IDoDP theme is “ The Promise of Technology.” As a UK success story, our technology has been leading the way in helping vulnerable and disabled people to live and work independently, improving self-esteem, motivation and wellbeing. We firmly believe that, wherever possible, mainstream engagement is read more

Brain in Hand, based at the University of Exeter Innovation Centre, won Best Health Technology at the national Building Better Healthcare Awards in London yesterday (Nov 6), in front of an audience of more than 500 representatives from the healthcare industry. The award was presented by former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo. Roy Lilley, chairman of read more