This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund

Step Ahead launch in Dublin


STEP AHEAD PLUS is our vocational assessment service to help people affected by brain injury return to education, training or work. This is a national service offered free of charge to brain injury survivors.

A detailed assessment is carried out by a Senior Occupational Therapist, highlighting each STEP AHEAD PLUS participant’s work skills, knowledge and experience. The STEP AHEAD PLUS team uses specific assessment tools while also taking a holistic look at each participant’s life. The assessment focuses on the individual’s functional and work capacity to identify transferrable skills.

STEP AHEAD PLUS also provides essential information and education for employers, tutors and trainers who are supporting people affected by brain injury. We understand that you may find completing your job or study to your best ability has changed since your brain injury. With simple adjustments and techniques, you could significantly improve your quality of life and remain in employment/education or find new opportunities.

Check out some of the inspirational stories below from a few of our many brain injury survivors who have returned to work. Take a look!

Sharon’s Story

James’ Story

Belinda’s Story

About our STEP AHEAD PLUS Vocational Assessment

The Step Ahead Plus Process

  • Interview: Vocational interview via video call with one of our Senior Occupational Therapists.
  • Assessment: If appropriate, the participant will then be offered a face-to-face vocational assessment in either our Dublin, Cork or Midlands centre.
  • Rehabilitation: If appropriate, participants may then be offered group or one-to-one vocational rehabilitation via video call or phone call.


STEP AHEAD PLUS will give the individual an opportunity to complete a work and education focused assessment. This will identify the person’s strengths and challenges.
STEP AHEAD PLUS will give feedback, make recommendations and provide supportive strategies.

STEP AHEAD PLUS will provide assistance in setting vocational goals and development of a personal vocational plan (PVP).

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

Who can take part in STEP AHEAD PLUS?

All STEP AHEAD PLUS participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a primary diagnosis of an Acquired Brain Injury
  • Medically stable
  • Willing to engage in a vocational assessment with the aim of returning to work, training or education
  • Self-referrals are accepted once accompanied by a document confirming the acquired brain injury diagnosis, for example, a medical report or discharge letter

If you do not meet all the above criteria, the person may not be suitable for the service. Please contact the service to discuss the referral before proceeding.

Please Note: The Service is not suitable for people with degenerative conditions, with progressive organic disorders or with Alcohol Related Brain Injury.


You can complete an online referral or paper referral.


*Online Referral: You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your referral to print for your records.


*Paper Referral: Please complete the paper referral from link below and post to:


Katie O’ Dwyer, Area Administrator, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, National Services Area 2, St Luke’s Hospital, St Theresa’s Wing, Western Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, E91PR83


If you are unable to print the form, please contact Area Administrator Katie O’Dwyer (Tel: +353 86 032 9413) and a referral can be posted to you directly.

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