What this consultation is about
What this survey is about
The intention of self-directed support is that individuals who need support and their families are told how much money their council will make available to them to meet their needs. The person needing support and those closest to them can then decide how best to use this money and develop a support plan describing how the person’s needs are going to be met. This approach is a fundamental change to the way resources are allocated and directed.
The POET survey has been designed to capture people’s experience of self-directed support in a consistent way, allowing us to monitor what is really happening and to help answer some of the key questions.
As such the POET survey is a national survey aimed at gauging experiences of personal budget holders, carers of personal budget holders and staff who support and carry out assessments for personal budget holders. A personal budget is money allocated to you for your support because of your health or social care need.
In partnership with other local authorities across England, In-control (user-led charity) and Lancaster University, we are working with Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) towards a positive delivery of Personalisation. An important element of personalisation is self-directed support (SDS) via personal budgets and it is therefore vital to TLAP that we help improve delivery. TLAP hosts the National Self-Directed Support Forum, which brings together people with both a stake in and responsibility for SDS, to plan and act to improve its delivery.
The information you give us will also be used in a national report to help improve the way things are done for local personal budget holders and other people in England.
The survey is now closed and the results have been included in the national survey. For more information visit in-Control.