The industry accolade comes just two years after the group established its first two homes in Hampshire. South Africa Lodge in Waterlooville, along with Kitnocks House in Curdridge, cares for people with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological and mental health needs.
Cornerstone beat off competition from nine other providers to win the award and CEO, Johann van Zyl, said it is recognition for the entire team.
“We are beyond delighted to win this award!” he said. “Not only have we successfully created ‘forever homes’ for many people who can’t find care that meets their complex needs, we have done it to a world class standard.
“HealthInvestors is the leading authority in national and international healthcare investment in the UK and the recognition doesn’t come much bigger than this.
“We knew there was a need for our type of specialist care and having that focus has allowed us to become expert at what we do.
“Our staff should feel immensely proud of their work, particularly at a time when their roles are made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic.”
The HealthInvestor Awards 2020 took place on the 15 October, with an interactive digital ceremony.
This year, the judges were looking for organisations and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare in 2019/20, and represent the leading players in the market.
Cornerstone Healthcare is the only operator in the south east of England offering specialist nursing care for people with challenging behaviours as a result of neurological or mental health need and is also increasing their footprint with new developments in the south west of England.
The judges recognised Cornerstone’s specialist care and its ability to offer a home to those who struggle to be cared for in “ordinary” care home settings.
They praised its “impressive” and “innovative” approach to dealing with individual service users.
“The service has proved that it can support people with some of the most complex needs, who have often been failed by other services and other parts of the system,” they said.
“What is particularly impressive is the comprehensive nature of this service which looks at the physical and emotional needs of the people it supports and their families.”
The group will open its third home in January 2021. Marula Lodge will offer 42 bedrooms in Camberley in Surrey. Two further homes – one in Bristol and one in Somerset – are in the developmental phase and will be in operation from 2022 onwards. This will take the company’s bed capacity to 355.
Johann added; “We have ambitious plans for the next five years and we know we have the right model and the right staff to give people with complex needs the very best quality of life.”