The weighted-capitation formula is used to determine primary care trusts’ (PCTs’) target shares of available resources, to enable them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need.
The Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) continually oversees the development of the formula. ACRA’s objective is to ensure equity in resource allocation to all PCTs.
ACRA’s current work programme includes a review of the market forces factor, the need element of the formula and the population base for revenue allocations. ACRA’s current review of the formula will be used to inform revenue allocations post 2008-09.