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A mental health condition, autism or learning difficulty can lead to additional needs at work. It can be hard to make decisions, control emotions and choose appropriate behaviour. The extent to which people are affected varies, but the right tools enable people to succeed.

Brain in Hand offers an innovative solution to this problem. Our technique, combined with smart technology linked to a professional team, enables people to overcome their challenges in work, whenever and wherever they are.

Brain in Hand can be funded via Access to Work, within pre-employment support schemes, or privately by the candidate or their employer.

Named by the DWP as a best practice tool, Brain in Hand has helped almost 4,000 people to achieve their goals, including employees and apprentices at Marks & Spencer, NFU Mutual, Defra, the Dogs Trust, Asda and the Civil Servant’s charity For You By You.


Ready to recommend Brain in Hand?

View our step by step guide for recommending Brain in Hand or request a quote for your candidate.

If you have any questions about recommending a Brain in Hand package of support, please email us on or call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

Finding Out More


View and share Helping People to Succeed and Stay in Work for an overview of the Workplace Edition.


Webinars for Workplace Professionals

We run regular free webinars to provide an overview for workplace assessors and supporters. Webinars give a good introduction to the Brain in Hand system, who it helps and how to apply. Register your place now.

If you can’t make our webinar or prefer in person training, we’d be delighted to provide a CPD session for you and your team.


Demonstration Software

You can familiarise yourself with the software and show candidates some of the strategies from a demonstration account.

Please email and we would be happy to create a demonstration account for you to see Brain in Hand in action.


Next Steps…

View our step by step guide for recommending Brain in Hand or request a quote for your candidate.



What is Brain in Hand Workplace Edition?


What is Brain in Hand?

Brain in Hand’s unique software is packed with features to help reduce anxiety, remember events, feel supported and get the most out of their time at work.

People can identify situations where they have difficulty and plan strategies in advance.  Smartphone technology means these are always available through the Brain in Hand App to refer to when needed and keep them on track.

Everyone uses Brain in Hand a little differently. Some might use Brain in Hand to develop and reinforce workplace processes, or to support wellbeing, social/communication or behavioural strategies that will impact their ability to engage with their employment.

Using Brain in Hand can also enable employees and their Job Coaches or Line Manager to communicate effectively and develop the kind of support that works best for them.


What is in the Workplace Edition support package?

Users with Brain in Hand Workplace Edition will receive:

  • Licence and subscription – Brain in Hand may be funded throughout a person’s working life, for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial
  • Secure website storage – providing a structured framework for users to manage and organise their time, identify situations they find difficult, set goals, and plan strategies in advance on their Brain in Hand website
  • App and synchronisation for iOS and Android smartphone / tablet devices – the user’s Brain in Hand is always available to refer to when needed, to quickly find their best coping strategies and keep them on track
  • Traffic Light tool – gives users the ability to reflect on progress and monitor anxiety, as well as identify and reward successes and highlight difficulties
  • Timeline of app activity – to enable the user and their supporters to review progress and gain insight to identify patterns, highlight difficulties, celebrate achievements and keep improving
  • Notifications– to remind users about strategies for important activities and events, be aware of missed tasks, to remember to reflect, and to enable them to highlight a difficulty or let someone know that they need additional support
  • Remote support from a Brain in Hand Traffic Light Responder (typically available during working hours, available outside of working hours for users who find it particularly beneficial to support independence) – helps users to learn to make the best use of their technology when facing new challenges and when new to Brain in Hand. Traffic Light Response (TLR) is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Job Coaching, Mental Health Support Services or other workplace on-site support.
  • Specialist Training– includes personal planning sessions to develop solution-focused and practical strategies within the Brain in Hand framework to support users to overcome barriers to work and achieve their goals, as well as provide assistance with setting up Brain in Hand in a way that best suits the student’s needs.
    Please note: Only Approved Brain in Hand Specialist can deliver this support.


How is Brain in Hand accessed?

The user’s Brain in Hand cloud-based account can be accessed via a secure website (webapp) using any internet browser – no software installation is required on a pc/laptop.

The Brain in Hand mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones or tablet devices from:

  • The Apple App Store onto iOS devices (version 8+)
  • The Google Play Store onto Android devices (version 4.0.3+).

A licence subscription is required to log into an account.

Assessing and recommending


Who is Brain in Hand for?

Brain in Hand is suitable for people whose condition impacts their ability to make decisions about, and respond quickly to, everyday challenges (typically those with impairment to executive functioning, memory deficit or a mental health difficulty, particularly anxiety).

People with the following diagnoses that may benefit from utilising Brain in Hand to support them to overcome their barriers to work (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder including: Asperger syndrome and other Pervasive Development Disorders such as PDA and PDD-NOS
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Difficulty and Specific Learning Disability (SpLDs)such as: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Tourette’s
  • Hearing or Visual Impairment where this impacts language development
  • Acquired brain injury including: traumatic injury or stroke
  • Physical Difficulties / Chronic Medical Diagnoses* including, but not limited to, ME, MS, Narcolepsy, diabetes, epilepsy
  • Depression*
  • Bipolar Disorder*
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder including PANDAS
  • Phobias* including: agrophobia, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias
  • Personality Disorder*
  • Anxiety Disorders including: social anxiety disorder, eating disorder, panic disorders
  • Psychotic Illness* including: Schizophrenia
  • Conversion / Somatoform Disorders* including: BDD, Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder.

*Please note: where these physical or mental health disorders are the primary diagnosis Brain in Hand will be suitable to help address barriers arising from the impact on executive functioning, memory or associated anxiety, but would not be suitable to support a recovery model without clinical involvement.


What is Brain in Hand for?

Individuals may use Brain in Hand to identify, recall, reinforce and implement strategies they develop (independently, or with their job coach, mental health support worker or other workplace support) to overcome workplace barriers that arise from their disability; including:

  • Planning, organisation, time management, establishing and maintaining routines
  • Less reliance on others to problem solve and make decisions, or to initiate, monitor or inhibit actions
  • Reinforcement of workplace or learning strategies (e.g. where there are working and/or short-term memory deficits, difficulties with decision making or high anxiety)
  • Ability to regulate emotions and manage anxiety or mood
  • Improved independence in travel (in terms of travel confidence, motivation, access strategies, and managing associated anxiety)
  • Improved independence in work
  • Monitoring and improving levels of energy, concentration, confidence and motivation
  • Reduction in other support
  • Job retention or improved attendance.


Other Workplace Support Provision

Brain in Hand is not a replacement for a Job Coach or Mental Health Support Worker, but it can effectively complement the support provided by these services or other Workplace on-site disability and wellbeing support.

It’s useful to include guidance in the Needs Assessment Report for Job Coaches or MHSSs to use Brain in Hand collaboratively with users to: gain insightinto specific difficulties, focus and structuresupport sessions, reinforce coping strategiesdeveloped and build confidence and independence.


Request a quote


Ready to Recommend?

View our step by step guide for recommending Brain in Hand or request a quote for your candidate so that we can support you through the process.

If you have any questions about recommending a Brain in Hand package of support, please email us on or call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.


Alternatively, if you are familiar with Brain in Hand, download one of the generic quotes below to include in your Needs Assessment Report recommendations…


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We’ll then ask the candidate to register with us, to tell us about their preferences and the people they’d like us to involve in their support. We’ll match them to a local Brain in Hand Specialist and confirm the next steps with them.

  • 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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Latest News

For You By You adds Brain in Hand

The Charity for Civil Servants, For You By You, is dedicated to supporting the 4 million civil servants, past and present, in the UK. It provides practical support to people, throughout their lives, with whatever problems they may have. To help improve the wellbeing and mental health of civil servants, it provides information and signposting read more


Brain in Hand at The Huntercombe Group

From specialist centres across the UK, the Huntercombe Group looks after almost 800 people with mental health problems, a learning difficulty or brain injury. Read our case study to understand how after adopting Brain in Hand, there’s been a decline in disruptive behaviour, a reduction in incidents and fewer physical restraints amongst users.


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Our case studies

Employable Me's Erica won't go to work without her Brain in Hand

Erica, 46 from the Wirral was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 32. She has been unemployed for the past six years. Erica finds social interaction at work hard, she feels people don't always understand her and sometimes see her as being less intelligent, because of her facial expressions. Read more >>

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