Allied Professionals are required to be engaged in continued learning throughout their career and at a level appropriate to their role. This is a shared responsibility between the staff member and the service with many of these opportunities provided through: self-directed learning, internal education, mentoring or supervision, while further learning may involve external training; attendance at seminars, workshops, conferences or through involvement in education/post-graduate study.

Individual Allied Professions, Services or Groups may have special funds that can be accessed for professional development or research. Allied Professions staff also have access to a limited PSA fund to support further learning and development.

Education forum - This forum has been well received in the Hutt Valley Hospital for several years, and we have now grown it across the district. This replaces the previous Hutt in-service.

This is a shared learning opportunity where themes will be in line with the focus priorities from the NZ Health Reform.

There will be 4 forums across the year which will be divided into two sections. For example, the first half will be focused more on the bigger picture/strategic plan/health reform, while the second half will be demonstrating and discussing clinical application within an allied professions setting

Cultural Training Opportunities

Cultural safety refers to the need for health professionals to consider their own cultural background and the impact of power, privilege and their personal biases on healthcare systems and organisations and the relationships within them. Our staff have access to a range of learning opportunities and resources related to our priority populations.



There are a number of different Merit Progression processes applicable for the Allied Health, Scientific & Technical professions.

Merit Progression refers to the process that must be followed for individual employees to move into the salary steps beyond the automatic salary steps. When at the top of the automatic progression steps, engaging in a merit process is one way to progress your career development. Your employment agreement will confirm if a merit step and process is available for your role.


Career Frameworks

Career Frameworks support the growth and development of our allied professional workforces through the description of advanced clinical and/or leadership roles. Increasingly, our Career Frameworks are being developed regionally, so that a consistent approach to career progression is used.

The Allied Health Career Framework supports the growth and development of the Allied Health workforce through the development of advanced clinical and/or leadership roles.

Allied Health Career Framework

Sterile Sciences Technician Career Framework

Medical Physics Career Framework

Psychologist Career Framework

Anaesthetic Technician Career Framework


Designated Positions 

Hutt Valley Designated Positions

Capital & Coast Designated Positions

Last updated 24 March 2023.