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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 effectivelyand develop the kind of support that works best for them.

 

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 workplace@braininhand.co.uk or call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

 



Find Out More

 

There are a number of ways in which you can get a better understanding of Brain in Hand.

 

Training

Get started now by accessing free training and webinars for workplace professionals.

  • Join a webinar – we run a series of taster webinars (60mins each) for workplace professionals. Visit braininhand.co.uk/webinar/ to book a place.
  • Online Awareness Session – schedule an online training session for you and any interested colleagues to provide an overview and demonstration (typically 60mins).
  • Full Training Session – We visit Job Centres and assessment centres to deliver workshops (90-120mins), so that everyone can familiarise themselves with the features and advantages of Brain in Hand, hear stories from our users, learn interactively and find out more about the recommendation process.

 

Demonstration Account

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

Justdownload the free Brain in Hand appfrom the App or Google Play store onto your iOS or Android smart devices (phones or tablets/iPads).

The login details are:

  • Username: workplace@BiH-demo
  • Password: demo (all lower case)

(Please do not share login details with candidates, as it does not have full functionality).

We would be happy to provide you and your colleagues with a demonstration account for your organisation following awareness training or webinar attendance.

 

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 included in the A2W-funded package?

Individuals with Brain in Hand Workplace Edition will receive…

 

A Tailored Approach

Brain in Hand Specialists use a personalised, blended approach, which includes:

  • Modular workbook materials
  • At least 4 hours of face-to-face personal planning sessions
  • In-person, remote and tutorial-based assistance with setting up the software
  • Collaborative working with supporters.

 

Accessible and Inclusive Assistive Technology

Brain in Hand Software promotes independence
by providing people with:

  • An intuitive web application
  • A safe place with secure storage
  • Access on the go via a mobile application
  • Reminders for important tasks and events
  • Traffic Light tool, encouraging individuals to reflect on how they’re feeling
  • Prompts to regularly think about progress
  • Personalisation enables users to create a system that is right for them
  • Templating local information to signpost to university initiatives and resources.

 

Visibility and Understanding

Brain in Hand Insights encourage individual reflection and enhance communication between individuals, supporters, and organisations:

  • An individual Timeline of app activity
  • Comments on timeline activity
  • Updates about Tasks Completed and Tasks Incomplete
  • Notifications provide an automated and accessible way for users to let supporters know about a difficulty.

 

Early Intervention

Brain in Hand Targeted Support improves the engagement of individuals by offering a discreet, technology-enabled alternative to face-to-face contact:

  • On-Demand Remote Support* enables a timely and effective intervention to be directed in response to notifications
  • Proactive Contact can be scheduled according to individual engagement, to encourage people to make the most of their support.

*On-Demand Remote Support is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Job Coaching, Mental Health Support Services or other workplace on-site support.

Brain in Hand will match the individual to the most appropriate Response Service for their needs and working hours.  Outside of working hours most users choose to turn this feature off, but some will nominate another supporter or service to receive their Traffic Light notifications.

A proportion of users or their employers may opt to fund the social contribution to ensure the Response service is available outside of working hours, for users who find it particularly beneficial to support independence.

 

Continuation and Transition

Brain in Hand Passportingenables those individuals who benefit from using Brain in Hand to continue to be funded to do so as they transition from school, college or university into employment.

For some, Brain in Hand may be a short-term intervention to help them consolidate new behaviours; but for others it’s a long-term adaptation that enables them to succeed.

Our Subscription modelensures that individuals can access Brain in Hand for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial; funding is only utilised where a need is confirmed.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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 deficitor a mental healthdifficulty, 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)
  • 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 agoraphobia, 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.

Full guidance for workplace supporters, including a step-by-step guide for using Brain in Hand collaboratively in support sessions can be found at: www.braininhand.co.uk/workplace/

 

Request a quote

 

Ready to Recommend?

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

Using our quote process will ensure that we can tailor the package to meet individual needs, and that you receive the correct package of support for your individual candidate.

 

Access to Work Funded Packages

If you would prefer to, you can download a generic Access to Work quote below:

An indicative breakdown of costs to calculate contributions can be found on the second page of each quote.

Where you require a quote for additional hours of Specialist Support or a missing subscription renewal for an existing user, please contact us.

 

 

Privately Funded Packages

If you would like to privately fund Brain in Hand then please request a quote for your student or download a generic quote below:

Where you require a quote for additional hours of Specialist Support, missing subscription renewals or to purchase a Brain in Hand Response Service for an existing user, please please contact us.

 

 

Next Steps…

Please let us know once the funding has been approved, so that we can contact the candidate as soon as possible.

How is Brain in Hand Delivered?


User Registration

We ask all new referrals to register with us online (or by phone) so that we can ensure we have the individual’s contact details, the details of any supporters they would like to help them arrange their support and also any communication needs or preferences.  This also enables us to best match the individual with a local Approved Brain in Hand Specialist.

At registration we also confirm the details of who will be funding their provision, check again that they have compatible smartphone / tablet device, explain what we do with their data and why, and confirm the next steps with them so they are fully informed.

Brain in Hand Specialist Support

The user’s Brain in Hand Specialist will deliver face-to-face and remote support using a person-centred, solution-focussed approach (please see full guidance below).

The individual will need to arrange somewhere quiet for up to 2 hours each time for their personal-planning sessions, either at home or at work, where they can use a laptop or pc connected to the internet.  We encourage individuals to invite their Job Coach, Mental Health Support Worker or another supporter (such as a family member or line manager) to at least one session.

Subscription Activation

We will activate the user’s Brain in Hand subscription remotely by sending a secure link via email; although most choose to wait until during their first session with their Brain in Hand Specialist to set up their accounts.

If users do not schedule their first session, we will always activate their licence remotely within 90 days of receipt of payment, to give them access to the support independently.

 

On-Demand Remote Support (where purchased)

Users may receive remote supportfrom a Brain in Hand Response Service if they choose to.  This is typically available during their working hours and helps users to learn to make the best use of their technology to support independence when facing new challenges.  Brain in Hand’s Response Services are not crisis services and not a replacement for Job Coaching, Mental Health Support Services or other workplace on-site support.

Brain in Hand will match the user to the most appropriate response service for their needs and working hours.  Outside of working hours most users choose to turn this feature off, but some will nominate another supporter or service to receive their Traffic Light notifications.

A proportion of users or their employers may opt to fund the social contribution to ensure the Response service is available outside of working hours, for users who find it particularly beneficial to support independence.

Subscription Renewal

Many will access funding for Brain in Hand for a number of years, for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial. We will tailor the renewal package to meet the needs of the individual and the engagement of their supporters, and to ensure we are always delivering the most appropriate level of support for the user’s circumstances.

Brain in Hand will manage the renewal process with the user, workplace and the funder.  We will make contact up to two months beforethe end of each subscription year and provide a subscription renewal quote or confirm the date that we will cancel the support provision if there is no engagement.

 

  • 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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