Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Innovative to transform lives and reduce costs by 1/3

Leading support providers are setting themselves apart by using Brain in Hand to improve outcomes for those they support and deliver efficiencies.

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

Easy to implement, providers report universal reductions in anxiety and restraints, increases in goals achieved and safer discharge planning.  Together this reduces costs by £4,500 each year per user and frees staff to focus more on proactive support. The unique usage reports also arm providers with detailed information for review or commissioning meetings.

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. 

  • For users Brain in Hand becomes a critical friend. It allows them to deal with life situations with confidence, independence and control, and gives them greater self-esteem and a sense of being effective in the world.

    Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • You can’t get more individual than Brain in Hand and the evidence information is invaluable.

    Jane Howson, CEO, Autism East Midlands.
  • Brain in Hand has dramatically helped participants of our Step into Work programme to prepare for potential workplace anxieties.

    Jane Carolan, director of client services, Autism Together
  • Autism can have a profound effect on a person but, with the right support, many excel in further education and the workplace. The potential of Brain in Hand is clear.

    Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism