POET for Personal Health Budget Holders and Family Carers
In Control, Lancaster University and Think Local Act Personal
have published the findings of the third personal outcomes
evaluation tool (POET
)of over 500 personal health budget holders and carers.
The purpose of the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool
(POET) survey 2015 for Personal Health Budget Holders and Family
Carers is to provide insight into the experiences of personal
health budget holders and their families. The survey also shows the
impact having control over the budget has on their
Findings can be used by NHS and local authorities to assess the
effectiveness of their delivery methods and to set priorities for
improving the process.
Altogether 302 personal health budget holders from 31 different
areas across the country and 247 carers from 37 different areas
completed the survey.
In the sample of POET survey respondents, the most common way to
use their budget was on care and support services (59.6%), followed
by personal assistants (48.3%), community and leisure services
(26.8%) and equipment (25.2%).
Over 80% of personal health budget holders reported their budget
having a positive impact on their quality of life, independence and
arranging support. Over 60% reported their budget having a positive
impact on their relationships with people paid to support them, as
well as a positive impact on their friendships, physical and mental
Over three quarters of carers said that having a personal health
budget had improved day to day stress, quality of life of the
carer, quality of life of the person, choice and control the carer
has in life.
People most commonly managed their personal health budget
through direct payments (36.7%), followed by direct payments looked
after by a friend or family member (26.2%), service provider
managed personal health budgets accounted for (13.1%), council or
NHS-managed personal health budgets (11.1%) and personal health
budgets managed by a broker (11.5%) were less common.