More than 50 councils and CCGs signed up to use POET

More than 50 councils, including adults and children's services, and clinical commissioning groups across England (CCGs) have signed up to measure the impact personal budgets are having on people's lives.

They will be using POET, the personal budgets outcomes evaluation tool which has been developed over a number of years with Lancaster University. POET was originally developed for adult social care but it has recently been adapted so that children's services and CCGs can also benefit from the tool.

Due to funding from the Department of Health, NHS England and the Department for Education, we have been able to offer a limited number of organisations use of POET for free.

While more than 50 organisations are already signed up, numbers are expected to increase throughout the year. Results from POET will be published in Spring 2014 in the Third National Personal Budget Survey. It is expected to be the largest survey of its kind to date. Last year, the Second National Personal Budget Survey included 22 councils and the experiences of more than 3,000 personal budget holders and carers.

On a local level, POET is used by councils and CCGs to;

  • capture the outcomes and experiences of a sample of local personal budgets users and family carers;
  • identify through analysis and benchmarking, those areas of local strength and those requiring improvement action;
  • form the basis of a local action planning session with stakeholders, in the context of other intelligence and perspectives

Looking at the data from POET so far it is clear that there are very strong links between people's experience of the self-directed support process and the outcomes they achieve in their life. We have been able to identify critical process conditions that are robustly associated with better outcomes.

For example, family carers who said their views had been taken into account in the planning were four times more likely to report personal budgets helped them remain well and carry on caring. People with learning disabilities who reported that it was easy to get the information and advice they needed were more than twice as likely to report that personal budgets helped them to take part in work or volunteering. Older people who said the council had made it easy for them to control how the budget was spent were three times more likely to report the personal budget helped them remain independent.

For more information about POET, please use the links below or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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Last Updated : 04 December 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.