Enhanced Capitation

Enhanced Capitation refers to a new way of distributing Care Plus funds in Canterbury. The aim of this change is to improve our population’s health outcomes by better supporting practices to care for patients with complex health needs. Enhanced Capitation took effect on 1 October 2016 and has been clinically-led by a working group under the Flexible Funding Pool Service Level Alliance within the Canterbury Clinical Network.

Below is a toolkit and FAQs to support practices with this change. 



This toolkit provides information and resources to support general practice with the change to Enhanced Capitation. 


  • Patient Letter Template

    A template letter for practices to place on their letterhead and send to patients.

    Download Word Doc
  • ID eligible patients & free up time

    Support for identifying eligible patients and freeing up time to support them.

    View & Print
  • Allocating the funds

    Some examples of how Enhanced Capitation funds could be used to support patients with complex needs.

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  • Supporting HUHC Patients

    Some suggestions and examples for support patients with an expiring HUHC.

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  • Setting up a system

    Step-by-step instructions showing how a PMS system could be set up.

    View & Print
  • Information Evening Presentation

    Presentation from the information evenings held throughout May.

    View & Download

  • Recording of Information Evening held in May 2016

    Print the presentation to the right for reference while while watching this recording.

    View on YouTube

  • Simplified Process Map of Calculation

    The process of calculating Enhanced Capitation funding allocations for general practice.

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Share your ideas | Ask for suggestions

You are encouraged to pass on ideas, share success stories and seek advice/suggestions in relation to how your general practice allocates Enhanced Capitation funds. Use the form below or email info@ccn.health.nz. These will be shared (anonymously if requested) with the Enhanced Capitation project teams and all of Canterbury’s practices in an effort to inspire collective learning.     

This is a change that we will all learn from through sharing and experience.