Discreet digital support for employment funded by Access to Work
Brain in Hand’s digital support system is perfect for individuals with a range of needs in a workplace environment. Among others, it's well-suited for autistic people, those with common mental health difficulties (particularly anxiety), people who have problems remembering things or making decisions, or anyone who needs some extra help to deal with any aspect of being in work.
The Government’s Access to Work scheme will fund Brain in Hand for use in the workplace; this means that if you have employees who could benefit, directing them to a workplace assessor could result in them being provided with our system. They’ll then receive guidance from a Brain in Hand Specialist to get started, which can be done with the involvement of any existing supporters to help them think about useful strategies for the workplace; once set up, they’ll have access to solutions to help them navigate working life so that they can focus on applying their talents to their work.
For employers who are dedicated to providing innovative, inclusive support to their employees, we also offer organisational Brain in Hand licences. This allows you to purchase Brain in Hand to support a number of your employees, along with support to most effectively integrate the system into your workplace support practices.
Managing the workplace environment
Everyone has something unique to contribute to the workplace, and autistic people perhaps even more than most. Day-to-day challenges and stresses can pose a problem, however, for autistic people doing their best to cope with a workplace environment; changes in routine, social interactions, and exposure to stimulating noises or sights are all potential sources of anxiety or discomfort.
Reasonable adjustments and workplace support such as job coaches can help make it possible for everyone to lend their talents to their job and enjoy their time at work, but it’s clear from the lack of change in the fact that 84% of autistic adults aren’t in full-time paid work that there’s still more to be done.
Do you need help at work?
If you’d like to use Brain in Hand yourself as part of your journey to get into work or stay there, then please click here to visit our ‘Brain in Hand For Me’ page.
You’ll also find information there about what Brain in Hand is and how it works, funding available for people using Brain in Hand in the workplace, and resources to help you get started.
Are you a workplace assessor?
You’re in luck – we have a page full of resources just for you.
Click here to visit our page for assessors to access resources and information about the funding pathways available, the referral process for each of them, and the support we can provide to help you confidently equip people with Brain in Hand for work.
If you already have Brain in Hand, you can log in by clicking the 'login' button on the right-hand side of any page of this website, or by clicking here.
The rest of this page contains useful information for employers and professionals who support people at work; to learn more about this, read on.
How does Brain in Hand help employees?
Brain in Hand is a unique, professional, digital support system: a blend of digital tools and human support which allows supporters to more effectively reach the people who need them, employers to stay informed about their employees’ difficulties and needs, and people in work to access the support they need when they need it. It’s:
- personalised – each person co-produces their own support plan and strategies based on their needs, goals, and skills;
- always available – support plans and self-management tools are easily accessible via smartphone, tablet and web application;
- cooperative – insights based on usage data allow supporters and staff to stay connected and deliver support where it’ll make the biggest difference;
- completed with the human touch – extra help can easily and discreetly be accessed when it’s needed.
Civil servant Ian talks about how Brain in Hand has helped him stay in work
As a complete package, the overall result is that most of the time people can solve problems for themselves, or access help and advice before encountering a difficulty. If things do go wrong, assistance can be swiftly provided to get things back on track.
Either way, Brain in Hand helps to tackle difficulties early, before they turn into bigger problems.
Partnering with Brain in Hand for employers
Every time we bring a new organisational partner into our community, we work closely with you to identify the delivery model that best addresses the outcomes you need to achieve – whether that’s a reduction in absences, an improvement in productivity or wellbeing, or taking the strain off current supporters – and come up with a bespoke project plan just for your organisation. You might decide to let Brain in Hand take care of elements like setting up new users and responding to notifications that someone’s having a tough time, or you might elect to have us train you so that you can bring it all in-house.
Whichever model is right for you, we’ll work to make sure that you have oversight of how your users are doing: dashboard functions let you spot patterns of activity at an individual or group level, while tailored reports capture insights about how the system is being used.
Get in touch with us to request a call or meeting with a member of Brain in Hand staff who has expertise in delivering transformation in workplace support, and we’ll guide you through the first steps of scoping your own Brain in Hand project.
How does Brain in Hand help employers to help employees?
Brain in Hand could represent the difference between an employee staying in work – giving them a shot at years of using their own strengths, skills, and unique way of thinking to the benefit of your company – or having to leave. That person isn’t any less able than anyone else, but the working environment and the way they interact with it may affect their ability to do their best.
This is why we want to work with employers to promote the use of assistive technology for inclusive employment, giving people the best chance of contributing all they have to offer.
Losing an employee who may be phenomenal at completing specific tasks quickly, or might bring a new perspective to tough problems, could be a huge problem for your workforce; for the individual themselves, of course, being a valuable and valued member of your organisation is hugely more beneficial to their wellbeing than not being able to make use of their skills.
Job coaches, workplace supporters, and support organisations
We know that keeping someone supported at work isn’t just something that goes on between employee and manager. It takes a whole network around the person, all of whom share responsibility for making sure they’re getting the help they need when they need it: job coaches, family, social workers, and a whole range of others.
Brain in Hand includes everyone involved in the person’s support in every step of the journey. For those supporting people at work in any capacity, we’re always more than happy to provide resources and information – we can deliver webinars, or even visit teams to raise awareness – to help you to understand who might benefit and the referral pathways available, and to make sure that those who have Brain in Hand get the most benefit from using the system. We can help people to secure funding via Access to Work, or present a case to their employer for purchasing the system to support them.
For organisations whose mission is to help people find and stay in work:
Brain in Hand could help you to offer an innovative, more connected programme of support. We work with organisations to enhance the work you’re already doing; our software allows you to empower people to solve problems independently, access strategies you’ve co-produced with them in times of panic, and easily connect to you when they need extra help. With implementation assistance and consultancy from a specialised Brain in Hand Programme Manager, we make sure that all our partner organisations can deliver our system in the way that best complements their strengths and addresses their required outcomes.
The Charity for Civil Servants, For You By You, is one example of an organisation using Brain in Hand to support people in work. Providing Brain in Hand to the individuals they support has allowed them to direct resources where they’re most needed, giving focused help in times of need and enabling independence wherever possible.
Get in touch with us to request a call or meeting, and we’ll guide you through the first steps of scoping your own Brain in Hand project.
Brain in Hand for supported internships
One of the biggest challenges facing students on supported internships is accessing the help they need at the moment they need it the most. Job coaches are ready and able to guide them through their introduction to the workplace, but they can’t be there with the student all the time. Brain in Hand offers a simple solution: ensure that the student can access resources and coping strategies at any time, allowing them to overcome difficulties on their own and get on with their day, while allowing supporters to see at a glance how things are going.
Hereward College supporting internship learners
To give students the best possible introduction to the world of work, Hereward College provided their supported internship learners with Brain in Hand. Each student worked together with their job coach and a Brain in Hand Specialist to populate a secure website with the coping strategies that work best for them, as well as diary information about appointments and tasks to be completed. Timeline functionality allowed students and their supporters to have more productive time together, looking back and identifying areas of difficulty as well as celebrating successes.
Students say that they felt better able to manage anxiety without relying as heavily on parents or staff; the team at the College feel reassured knowing that, even when the student isn’t on campus with them, the assistance that they provide doesn’t simply stop. As young people move from one stage of life to the next, developing their skills and independence, Brain in Hand provides a lifeline to all the strategies they’ve developed over their time with their job coach.
Hear from Hereward College about how Brain in Hand has helped students prepare for work
Get in touch with us to find out more about Hereward’s supported internship programme and how Brain in Hand could support your own college’s work helping young people progressing towards employment. You can signpost students to funding such as Access to Work, or purchase our system to enhance the support you provide.
Civil servant Ian manages stress and keeps on track at work
Employable Me: Erica and Alan navigate routines and social situations as autistic people in the workplace
Hereward College's supported internship programme helps job coaches support students on placement more effectively
Sam manages anxiety and returns to work
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Get the right resources for you
If you're an assessor, you can visit our page for assessors here to find out more about how to identify eligible individuals and the process of referring via different funding pathways.
If you’re a support professional working with individuals who might benefit from (or already have been recommended) Brain in Hand at work, get in touch with us to find out more about the support we can offer you. We have free resources and webinar sessions to help you get the most out of our system with your clients, and we can even visit teams to run hands-on best practice workshops.
Employers and support organisations
For employers or workplace support organisations, we can also provide resources and support to help you through the initial steps of purchasing Brain in Hand, which you can do for one person at a time or as part of a wider project to help you support a large group. Get in touch to talk to us about your requirements, and we’ll guide you through the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Brain in Hand to support my employees?Expand Answer
Brain in Hand is provided as a workplace support tool by the Department for Work and Pensions via their Access to Work scheme. It helps employees to cope better with difficulties at work and at home, which can reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, increase productivity, and improve morale and quality of life.
You may decide to refer employees to Access to Work for an assessment to see whether Brain in Hand can be provided for them, or you may opt to purchase the system so that you can introduce it as part of your workplace support. If you’re considering whether Brain in Hand might benefit one or more employees, get in touch with us to discuss your setting and requirements.
I am interested in purchasing Brain in Hand for myself or someone I know. What do I do?Expand Answer
Please visit our Brain in Hand For Me page to find out more about how Brain in Hand might help you. You can also refer to the 'how to get it' section of the page to learn about the different ways that people can access and fund the system.
Then please complete our referral form to begin the process of purchasing Brain in Hand.
Isn’t Brain in Hand just for autistic people?Expand Answer
Our system was designed with autistic people in mind, but we now work with people who have a range of different needs. We’ve found that Brain in Hand can be useful for anyone who has difficulties with remembering things, coping with anxiety, or making decisions; these difficulties are often experienced by autistic people, people with a mental health condition, or people with a learning disability, among others.
What is Brain in Hand's safeguarding policy?Expand Answer
The safety of our users, our staff, and everyone with whom we might come into contact during the course of our work is of paramount importance to us. We maintain an in-depth safeguarding policy, the full document of which can be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org; a summarised version can be read on our corporate responsibility page.
We have a designated safeguarding lead who can be reached at email@example.com.
If you need someone to talk to, or are concerned that someone is in a potential crisis situation, Brain in Hand is not able to provide a crisis or counselling service and would suggest that the Samaritans would be a more appropriate contact. They can be called for free in the UK on 116 123.
For employers, assessors, and workplace supporters of any kind, click here to learn about the help we can offer including webinars and online workshops, visits for you and your team, and other resources.