Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Increasing independence, saving costs.



Today 16.2 million people in the UK live with autism, a learning disability or common mental health condition. Public services aim to support as many people as possible but face increased demand and stretched budgets. That’s where Brain in Hand comes in. We turn the current way of supporting people on its head. The Brain in Hand system empowers people to take control.

With professional support, a user sets their goals and decides on their coping strategies to problems. These are embedded into their life, accessed through an app for whenever and wherever they need them. This is backed-up by a professional support team, providing unlimited support, when they need it. We help people overcome challenges, increase independence and achieve their goals.

Around 40 Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and Public Sector organisations commission Brain in Hand, integrating the system into support services. It extends the reach of support and the increased independence achieved reduces the demand for services, saving £4,500 on average each year per user.



Who does it help?

Initially developed for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or moderate learning disabilities, the technology is now being used within mental health services to manage anxiety and stress. Brain in Hand can be applied to a wide range of conditions, including Acquired Brain Injury, Behavioural, Emotional and Social Disorders, and conditions in which anxiety is a major factor such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Almost 2,000 people with a range of conditions use Brain in Hand. Our youngest user is 9 and our oldest is 66.

Brain in Hand is being used by local authorities and the NHS in multiple pathways including:
▪ Specialist Autism services
▪ Mental health: AMHS and CAMHS
▪ Adult learning disability
▪ Children’s learning disability services
▪ Community independence
▪ Travel training services
▪ Transition services
▪ Shared lives
▪ Schools and Colleges

What improved outcomes are seen?

Brain in Hand helps users to increase independence and enhances support services:

Brain in Hand users
Across almost 2,000 users we see a consistent pattern of results.

Amongst those using Brain in Hand
We see significant mental health benefits vital for increased independence, including*:

• Anxiety levels drop by 31%
• Optimism rises by 12%
• 14% drop in reliance on family support
• 88% cope better with problems and feel more confident
• 100% say it provides them with help when they need it
• 94% say its having a positive impact on their life

As a result, we see goals achieved including travelling independently, starting work or university and living independently; representing significant improvements in quality of life.

* Sources: Brain in Hand user survey and NAS trial.

Organisational benefits
The system links users to their support network and provides a wealth of information to supporters and to organisations, empowering them to make better-informed adaptations to truly transform their support provision.

The improvements in independence leads to a reduced need for, and safe discharge from, support services.

Which organisations use it today?

Around 40 Local Authorities, Universities, NHS Trusts and secure hospital services commission Brain in Hand, integrating the system into thier support services.

Student Finance England have enabled more than 1,000 students to access Brain in Hand using their Disabled Students Allowance.

Case studies include:

Kirklees Council – One Third of users saw the cost of their support reduced. The average annual saving is £6,600.34 per user. Read full case study.

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council – Schools and Colleges across Bolton have given Brain in Hand to pupils as an early intervention tool. Pupils report a reduction in anxiety, fewer crisis events and are solving their own problems. Support services have seen a marked reduction in staff support time per pupil. Read full case study.

The Huntercombe Group – Brain in Hand has been introduced in a low secure mental health facility. Staff report a decline in disruptive behaviour, a reduction in incidents and fewer physical restraints amongst users. Read full case study.

Read more case studies here.

What ROI can I expect?

Six years in development, Brain in Hand has been trialled, refined and assessed by organisations including the National Autistic Society, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Student Finance England. We were chosen to be part of the NHS Accelerator programme.

We are now used by thousands of users across around 40 organisations and 47 sites. Our customer impact evaluations give us a clear and consistent picture of results.

Because of improved user outcomes, organisations using Brain in Hand save £4,500 each year per user.

The most popular areas of increased independence, and biggest cost savings are reported in: Day care, CPN, psychologists, psychiatrists, supported travel, and community mental health teams.

To build an accurate ROI forecast of what your organisation can save, please email info@braininhand.co.uk or call us on 01392 247909.

How do I buy Brain in Hand?

Our team of programme managers, experts in your field, will work closely with you to develop a package to meet your needs.

To help us provide you with a recommended approach, please get in touch. Please email info@braininhand.co.uk or call 01392 247909.

Our programme services include:

Consultancy: From programme management, to user selection, engagement and evaluation reports, or issue management, our programme team oversees the programme.

Set-up: Our professional trainers can set up all of your users or will train your team to be Brain in Hand specialists.

Professionals: We link the system to your support team, can provide unlimited 24/7 remote professional support for your users, or a combination of the two.

Software: We provide annual software licences for each user; this includes all website hosting, app usage and Brain in Hand data messages. Note. Licences are transferrable, so a licence may be redeployed from one user to another as needed.

Training: We work with you to ensure everyone involved is trained to the right depth needed – from administrators, to supporters and champions.

Funding sources

Alongside using existing budgets, Local Authorities have funded Brain in Hand programmes accessing a variety of additional funding streams, including:

Disabled Facility Grants – Grants such as Hospital Discharge Grants and Safe and Secure Grants, now include a range of technologies, including Brain in Hand, which will enable a service user to be safe and more independent.

Local Government Association Innovation Funding – A number of Local Authorities have capitalized on funding available to help technology be used to support independent Living.

Transformation Funding – Every region is tasked with developing local transformation plans, improving outcomes and reducing costs. Brain in Hand meets both of these requirements and has been implemented as part of the locality plan.

Individual Funding Programmes – Alongside group licence purchases made by Local Authorities, more than 1,500 people have been referred Brain in Hand as part of their personal funding program, including Disabled Students Allowance, Access to Work and Education, Health and Care Plan, to help them start and stay in university or work.

Download our brochure

For an overview of Brain in Hand, download our brochure.

  • This saves us money, but even if it didn’t save us money, we would be doing this because it’s so good for the person who uses it.


    Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council
  • Brain in Hand is an innovation I would recommend councils consider for their Local Transformation plans.


    Alan Laurie, Commissioning Manager, Children’s Services, Kirklees Council
  • We have given Brain in Hand to young people at transition stages in three schools across Warwickshire and are seeing inspiring results.


    Lisa Lissaman, Commissioner Mental Health and Autism, Strategic Commissioning, Warwickshire County Council
  • Brain in Hand has been selected as one of just four companies in this year's Digital Accelerator. The Accelerator will be supporting NHS organisations to adopt Brain in Hand, an innovation for patients with neurological and mental health conditions.


    Juliet Bauer, Chief Digital Officer, NHS England
  • Brain in Hand is speeding up responses and joining up support around individuals, as well as giving people access to the support they need when they need it.


    Martin Heuter, Commissioning Lead, Technology Enabled Care, Bolton Council and Bolton CCG