Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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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 from residential care into less restrictive services whilst giving the support tools needed to make the transition smooth and ensure people still feel supported.  Brain in Hand software is proven to do this.  Devon Partnership NHS Foundation Trust used Brain in Hand for this purpose, improving lives whilst also saving £15,600- £26,000 per annum and £26,000-£41,600 for complex service users.

The programme is also helping the people who currently live in supported housing projects to increase their independence further, achieving new goals and reducing their reliance on support workers.

Brain in Hand helps those who experience high levels of anxiety, and can be dependent on others, to help make every day decisions.  People can access their own personalised notes and coping strategies from their phone, but if faced with an unexpected event and they can’t cope, urgent support from staff can be requested through the touch of a button.  This helps people to grow in independence, but also feel supported as intervention can be rapidly provided when it is needed most.

Support staff are also given a dashboard from where they can see how all of those they support are feeling at any point in time, helping them to know who needs help.  With permission, they can access each person’s Brain in Hand usage tracker, helping them to see what challenges people have faced, what solutions have worked and spot potential new issues they can help with.

There are an estimated 900 people with a learning disability living in Wolverhampton.  Historically, many of these people didn’t get to choose where they live, often living with their family or residential care.  With this project, the Council is changing this picture.

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Brain in Hand Joins TSA

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

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Brain in Hand Version 3.0

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 sign up to one of our webinars; you can read more

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Our Users

  • 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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