Personal Health Budget Holders and Family Carers - (POET 2014)

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For the second year, the POET survey has included people with personal health budgets, whose support is funded by the NHS. Since 1 October 2014 people receiving continuing care (including children) have the right to have a personal health budget. Altogether 129 personal health budget holders and 101 carers completed the survey, with 22 of 211 CCGs taking part. Over 70% of people taking part said that they received their budget as a direct payment.

POET provides an easy way for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to find out how personal health budgets are working for people and families. NHS England has made it available at no cost to all CCGs.

The results look very positive - with 86% of people reporting improved quality of life, and fewer than 6% reporting any negative outcomes.