Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Transform lives. Improve services. Increase efficiencies.

Councils and NHS providers across the UK use Brain in Hand to strengthen and extend their support services.

A unique, personalised support system, Brain in Hand helps people with mental health conditions, autism and learning difficulties cope better with the problems they face in life, preventing critical incidents.  The software gives people access to detailed personalised support, accessible from their phone whenever it’s needed.  This delivers benefits vital for increased independence, including reduced anxieties, fewer panic attacks and incidents of self-harm.

Easy to implement, councils and providers report that Brain in Hand helps to advance outcomes, provide safe and effective support through the discharge period and free staff time to focus on proactive support.  Councils using Brain in Hand report that it reduces costs across a range of services and an average cost saving of £4,500 per user.

How does it work?

Brain in Hand is designed to arm people with access to personalised support from an app on their phone.  It’s packed with features including:

Never Forget – A diary and notes for difficult to remember tasks

Enter appointments and routines into your Brain in Hand diary so you can plan ahead and make sure no events or activities are missed.

Reduce Anxiety – Access to pre-planned coping strategies instantly

Everyone faces different challenges in life and know which coping strategies work best for them. But when under pressure this can be forgotten.  Brain in Hand gives easy and instant access to a person’s best thinking when it’s needed most.

Feel supported – Track your anxiety levels and request extra support if you need it

Brain in Hand helps people to monitor their anxiety.  Throughout the day they will be prompted to indicate their anxiety levels using a traffic light icon on their phone:  Green if everything is fine, amber if feeling uneasy or red if extra support is needed.  This helps keeps support staff aware of feelings and informs periods of reflection.

Alongside the regular monitoring, if coping strategies aren’t working and extra help is needed, at any time the red traffic light can be pressed which will send an alert to a designated person or organisation, letting them know extra support is needed.  This enables staff to provide help as quickly as possible to re-escalate a situation.

From a central website, staff have visibility of everyone’s latest anxiety levels and can be alerted if anyone is distressed. They are better informed when talking with each person they support and have time-stamped detailed information to help staff planning and commissioning meetings.

How does it help?

Arming people with autism, mental health conditions or learning disabilities with access to their own coping strategies and giving them the option of requesting additional support when they need it, helps them to make good progress towards independence. Those using Brain in Hand report significant mental health benefits vital for increased independence including reduced anxieties, fewer panic attacks and incidents of self-harm.

This enables goals to be achieved including travelling independently, starting work and living independently.  Each of these represent significant transformations in quality of life.

Organisations report universal reductions in anxiety and restraints, increase in goals achieved and state they are better informed for review or commissioning meetings.


The progression towards independence also provides cost savings, an average of £4,500 per user each year.  Savings cover from a wide range of sources including:

  • Reduced support worker 1:1 day time or educational support
  • Move from residential to independent living
  • Reduced need for support when travelling
  • Reduced need for night time support
  • Avoid carer breakdown
  • Reduced carer’s service
  • Reduction in Mental Health crisis intervention
  • Reduction in emergency GP visits
  • Reduction in A&E visits
How to buy & funding

You can buy a group of licences or an individual license.  Each licence lasts for one year and can be transferred from one individual to another. Discounts are available for purchases above ten licenses.

We put together a set-up, installation and training package that will work best for your organisation.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a life limiting illness and Brain in Hand has started to give me my life back and give me some of the means to live

    Hampshire County Council resident
  • I could cope a little before but Brain in Hand is a security net and it’s given me more confidence to be able to tackle issues.

    Hampshire County Council resident
  • The results were striking. The progression made amongst people using Brain in Hand has helped us to save £4,500 per person each year

    Hampshire County 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