About Step Ahead PLUS

Step Ahead PLUS offers vocational assessment and reports for adults aged 18-65 with a primary diagnosis of acquired brain injury.

Step Ahead PLUS will assess the individual’s work skills, knowledge, and experience. The programme provides practical advice and guidelines for people with a brain injury who may be struggling to hold on to their existing job or aiming to return to education, training, or employment.

We understand

It is important to recognise that there are many challenges for work and education after a brain injury.

For some individuals who are currently in work or education, you may find completing your job or study to your best ability has changed since your brain injury. At Step Ahead PLUS we prioritise the importance of maximising your abilities whilst considering strategies and techniques to promote your best performance. With simple adjustments and techniques, you could significantly improve your quality of life and remain in employment or education

For those seeking employment or educational courses, our assessment identifies your strengths for work and education whilst also providing solutions to the challenges you may face.

Individuals may choose to use their reports to facilitate a discussion with the employer or educational institution around accommodations for their work or study.

The benefits 

Led by a Senior Occupational Therapist Step Ahead PLUS offers specialist vocational assessment which identifies areas of strength and potential challenges to compose a solution-focused list or guidelines and recommendations for an individual’s work or educational setting.

At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we pride ourselves on person-centered service provision. We ensure each assessment focuses on the individual’s needs and ambitions.

Step Ahead PLUS also provides essential information and education for employers, tutors, and trainers who are supporting people affected by brain injury.

Step Ahead PLUS will support the development of a sustainable working environment for the employee, employer, student, tutor, and trainer.

Our expertise

A full assessment is carried out by our expert Senior Occupational Therapist, highlighting the work skills, knowledge and experience of each Step Ahead PLUS participant. We use specific assessment tools focused on an individual’s functional and work capacity to identify transferrable skills

Who can attend?​

Step Ahead PLUS programme offers a free-of-charge vocational assessment service to individuals with an acquired brain injury and who meet the vocational assessment service

following criteria:

  • Aged between 18-65 years old with a primary diagnosis of brain injury
  • Medically stable
  • Referred by any Healthcare Professional or other agency who can confirm an acquired brain injury diagnosis
  • Self-referrals are accepted once accompanied by a document confirming the acquired brain injury diagnosis, for example, a medical report or discharge letter.
  • Willing to engage in vocational assessment with the aim of returning to work, training, or education.
  • Step Ahead PLUS is a Munster based service for individuals living in the Munster area.


Step Ahead PLUS is running until May 2021. Our assessment centre is based in Cork is based in Gilbert Centre, Fair Street, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 AT86.

How do I join?

Please complete the paper referral  from link below and post back to, 

Sinéad Stack, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland – Step Ahead Plus

Gilbert Centre, Fair Street,

Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 AT86 

If you are unable to print the form, please contact Step Ahead PLUS on 086 603 4633 and a referral can be posted to you directly

If you would like to find out more information, please feel free to make contact directly with our Senior Occupational Therapist Sinéad Stack on 086-603 4633


Step Ahead Plus Digital and remote support

Our Assessment includes a 2-part process. The initial information gathering and assessment will be completed over Zoom/phone where able. The second part of the assessment will take place in our assessment centre using our assessment equipment. Our aim is to minimise direct face to face contact with individuals respecting the current COVID-19 regulations. All individuals and staff members will be provided with and will wear personal protective equipment to adhere to COVID-19 regulations

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