How we're run
The people we serve are at the heart of all our work. It is so important to us that they receive the highest quality of support on their recovery journey, and so we hold ourselves to the very highest standards.
We have operational and governance processes in place to ensure that we work in an open and transparent manner. This also ensures that we comply with our statutory and legal responsibilities, and with the governance obligations of our funders.
We are governed by a Constitution and our independent, non-executive Board of Directors is committed to maintaining best practice in corporate governance, including adhering to the Charities Regulator Charities Governance Code.
Currently there are seven members of the Board, drawn from diverse backgrounds and bringing to their role a broad range of experience and skills, including significant expertise in business, finance and health and disability services. Together they are responsible for providing leadership, developing strategy, identifying and mitigating risk, and monitoring the budgets and outcomes of the organisation.
There are three Sub Committees of the Board, focusing on the areas of Remuneration; Finance and Audit; and Quality, Safety and Risk.
Board Sub Committees
The Board has three Sub Committees focusing on the areas of Remuneration; Quality, Safety and Risk; and Finance and Audit.
Remuneration Committee members 2021: Hugh O’Connor (Chair), Clair Cullinan, Seamus Moore
Quality, Safety and Risk Committee members 2021: Seamus Moore (Chair), Marzena Golinska, Andrew Heffernan, Barbara O’Connell (Chief Executive), Karen Foley (Head of Service Operations), Donnchadh Whelan (National Services Manager), Trevor Nesirky (Quality, Safety and Practice Development Manager)
Finance and Audit Committee members 2021: Evelyn Fitzpatrick (Chair), Marzena Golinska, Clair Cullinan.
Quality and Accreditations
In 2003, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland became the first service provider in the Republic of Ireland to achieve CARF accreditation. CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that assesses the facilities and services of a wide range of rehabilitation providers globally. CARF accreditation is a prestigious and internationally recognised quality mark, signalling that the services we provide meet or exceed international best practice.
CARF accredits organisations in three-year blocks. In 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2021 and again in 2023, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland achieved the highest level of accreditation in acquired brain injury residential rehabilitation services, home and community rehabilitation services and governance standards. According to CARF: “This achievement is an indication of your organisation’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons-served”.
In 2018, we also received gold standard accreditation in recognition of our Case Management Service.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s neuro-rehabilitation assisted living services are registered with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and are monitored under the Health Act 2007 (Care and support of residents in designated centres for persons (children and adults) with disabilities) regulations 2013.
We ensure the rights and responsibilities of the people we serve are upheld, both in policy and practise.
Don’t just take our word for it.
said our services ‘enabled me to do things better’
said I ‘got what I needed, when I needed it’
said they had the ‘opportunity to make important choices’
said ‘staff treated me with respect and courtesy’
said they ‘do better in social situations’
said they ‘felt safe here’
said ‘staff paid attention to what I said’
said ‘I participated in life decisions’
Transparency and Accountability
Charities Institute Ireland Triple Lock
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is a member of the Charities Institute Ireland (CII) and proudly certified with the Triple Lock standard. The Triple Lock standard is available to members of the CII who deliver best practice in transparency and accountability, particularly in the areas of governance, fundraising and reporting. Triple Lock certification demonstrates that an organisation is strong, credible, well governed, that it implements quality work and does so in a way that respects the people for whom the organisation is founded.
Our ambition is to ensure that every brain injury survivor can access the rehabilitation and support they need within their community, so that they can live their best life as independently as possible. There is still a long way to go. Our Strategy 2020 – 2024 is a roadmap to guide us along our journey, and a commitment to be a voice for change on behalf of brain injury survivors and their families.
Codes and Standards of Practice
We adhere to the following codes and standards of practice:
- Charities Regulator ‘Charities Governance Code’
- Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities – ‘SORP’
- Safeguarding Ireland ‘Adult Safeguarding Charter’
- The General Data Protection Regulations / GDPR (view our Privacy Statement)