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Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP)

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The Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP) is a clinically focused competency-based programme for nurses. It is a national programme, endorsed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.  

Midwifery Quality and Leadership Programme (QLP)

QLP documents

Who to contact

For help and advice or for portfolio submission, please contact Fiona Jones, Clinical Midwife Specialist, on extension 80895.

About the QLP

The QLP provides a framework for employed midwives and midwifery employers to meet their respective responsibilities in a manner which models partnership between employer and employee. It is based on the standards of the profession which apply to all midwives regardless of practice setting or employment status.

The QLP:

  • is a structured framework which supports and, assists midwives to further develop knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective care for women and their babies
  • acknowledges and develops a range of transferable clinical and personal skills which can be used throughout a midwife's career in a variety of practice settings
  • encourages and values professionalism in midwifery practice within DHBs
  • provides a mechanism through which an organisation can value, recognise and encourage the professional development of midwives
  • helps to identify and prepare midwives for leadership roles
  • provides a framework for midwives to contribute to DHB quality activities.

The Midwifery Council of New Zealand determines the competencies that each midwife who wishes to hold an Annual practising Certificate (APC) needs to demonstrate. The philosophy behind the development of this QLP for midwives reflects the key issues for the midwifery profession. A professional recognition programme for midwives would:

  • reflect the Philosophy, Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the midwifery profession in New Zealand
  • reflect that working in partnership with women in whatever setting is intrinsic to the practice of midwifery
  • recognise that 'a midwife is a midwife' in whatever setting she chooses to practise - her scope of practice should always be recognised
  • recognise that on-going professional development is integrally linked to the framework of the midwifery profession
  • support and nurture the development of leadership and capacity within the profession
  • recognise and reward leadership, education, research, clinical practice development and reflective practice, commitment to the development of maternity services within the organisation, and team building attributes
  • be a national framework which is transportable and could be used whether a midwife was employed/ self employed, core/ case loading
  • incorporate and build into the requirements for an annual practising certificate of the regulatory body the Midwifery Council of New Zealand
  • have appropriate resources available have programme processes which enable transferability and transportability.

Midwives develop their midwifery skills and knowledge through experience and on-going learning. The domains identified are intended to show this development. All midwives are competent to practice on registration and with increasing midwifery experience, become more confident as practitioners.

The Midwifery Council require midwives to demonstrate on-going competence. A Competent midwife reflects these requirements and the support that is required by the employer to assist midwives they employ to achieve the Recertification requirements and retain an annual practising certificate.The midwife is responsible for initiating her own assessment for transfer from one Domain to the next. Movement from one domain to another does not just happen over time. To move from one domain to another, midwives need to show that they are actively thinking about their practice and developing their knowledge and skills in response to practice experiences.

Performance reviews and NZNO Merit Steps for Unregulated Healthcare Workers

Unregulated Healthcare Workers include Health Care Assistants (HCAs) and Theatre Support Assistants (TSAs)

For performance review and merit step applications for Unregulated Healthcare Workers who are employed under the PSA collective agreement, e.g. Mental Health Support Workers, please contact

Performance reviews

A written performance review is required every 3 years

For the two years in between, a Re-validation performance review is required

Merit Step Application

For information regarding the NZNO Merit steps for Unregulated Healthcare Workers, please see this document

All Merit step applications require an Application letter to be submitted to the DONM office with the completed performance review document once every 3 Years

If you have any questions, please contact

Māori and Pasifika

Huarahi Whakatū

CCDHB Nursing and Midwifery Leadership (NAML) group recognise the Huarahi Whakatū Maori PDRP as a legitimate programme that supports Māori Nursing workforce across the CCDHB Nursing services. For more information about the Huarahi Whakatū PDRP please visit the Te Rau Matatini website.

Hauora Māori Training Funds

Capital & Coast DHB (CCDHB) is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for funding to attend a training programme to complete a relevant qualification to support delivery of health and disability services to Māori. This funding is for the non-regulated Māori health and disability workforce.

Non-regulated staff are able to attain certificates, diplomas and graduate diplomas from Levels 2 to 7* on the NZQA framework (degrees/masters papers excluded and *conditions apply with Level 7 applications).

Find out more about the Hauora Māori training fund and how to apply.

Aniva qualifications

The Aniva programme offers NZQA approved qualifications with a specific focus on Pacific health for nurses and unregulated health workers. It aims to support Pacific Health professionals and providers to meet the needs of Pacific communities with more effective, culturally competent practice and provides workforce development for Pacific health workers as part of the Ministry of Health’s Pacific Health Strategy. For more information visit

Tipu Ora Hauora Māori education programmes

Tipu Ora is a Private Training Establishment reistered with NZQA and has been providing Education, training and qualifications since 2002. These programmes are open to the Hauora Workforce and those who are considering Hauora as a career pathway. Both programmes are fully funded and are made up of unit standards off the National Qualifications Framework.

The programmes provide a strong reference to Kaupapa and Matauranga Maori throughout the duration. The National Certificate in Hauora (Level 4) is the pre requisite to the National Diploma in Hauora (Level 6), so students would need to complete the certificate before enrolling for the diploma. Tipu Ora's NZQA accreditation also allows for unit standards from both programmes to be cross credited towards higher level courses on the framework.

Tipu Ora brochure

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō offers Clinical and Advanced Clinical Leaders in Māori nursing and midwifery the opportunity to participate in a Māori clinical leadership programme. Over the next four years, there will be four Clinical Leader cohorts and four Advanced Clinical Leader cohorts. The Clinical Leadership Training starts this year with the Advanced Clinical Leader cohort, which is now fully subscribed. The 8-day Clinical Leadership training consists of four 2-day noho marae spread over a 4-month period. The sessions are designed to stimulate learning, discussion, debate and action.

Hauora Māori Scholarships

Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a course in health and disability studies that has been accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). More information is available on the Ministry of Health website.

Career pathways

These pathways show the scope and stages of role development for nurses, from pre-registration through to Nurse Practitioner or advanced enrolled nursing practices:

Professional development career planning

The Ministry of Health and CCDHB require all health professionals and staff to have a career plan in place. A career Plan reflects your values, choices, goals, actions and its part of your professional development.

The Career Planning Guide will take you through the career planning process and how to develop a career plan.

Use the Professional Development and Career Plan (PDCP) to record your goals and action plan. The Professional Development and Career Plan replaces the former Professional Development Plan and is used across the central region by nursing professionals.

The Midwifery Performance Appraisal and Development form is used for midwives to record their goals and action plan. This document is used across the 6 DHBs of the central region.

Professional development opportunities

Advanced practice and nurse practitioner

The Advanced Practice and Nurse Practitioner Information and Support Series is held every Tuesday in the Boardroom, Level 11 Grace Neill Block, Wellington Hospital.

Nursing and Midwifery Grand Rounds

The nursing and midwifery grand round encourages colleagues to present their work and insights from professional development activities. Here is an opportunity to hear your colleagues and external speakers present on current practice topics and professional matters.

June 2019

Compassion, Care & Altruism

Reflection from 22nd International Congress on

Palliative Care - Montreal, October 2018

Presented by:

  • Alison Rowe, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

Tuesday 4th June 2019, Wellington Regional Hospital

  • 2.30 - 3.00: Level 7 Seminar Room, WRH

Wednesday 12th June 2019, Kenepuru Community Hospital

  • 3.00 - 3.30 Ward 6 Meeting Room, ORA Service

April 2019

April Falls is all about Mobility

Safe mobility is falls prevention

Deconditioning - how do we spot it and what we do to make a difference?

What are our staff and data telling us?

Presented by:

  • Shana Hall, Physio Neuro-Medical Team, ORA
  • Mikaela Shannon, Nurse Manager
  • Helen Costello, ADON Practice Development

Tuesday 9th April 2019, Wellington Regional Hospital

  • 2.30 - 3.00: Level 7 Seminar Room, WRH

Monday 15th April 2019, Kenepuru Community Hospital

  • 3.00 - 3.30 Ward 6 Meeting Room, ORA Service

February 2019

Safe Medicine Administration

An approach that goes beyond policy content

How do we make the system stronger

Positive approach vs. deficit thinking

Three important values & practice wisdom

The human elements of system resilience

Presented by:

  • Helen Costello, ADON Practice Development

Tuesday 12th February 2019, Wellington Regional Hospital

  • 2.30 - 3.00 Level 7 Seminar Room, WRH

Wednesday 20th February 2019, Kenepuru Community Hospital

  • 3.00 - 3.30 Ward 6 Meeting Room, ORA Service

More information on previous years Nursing & Midwifery Grands Rounds here.

Professional supervision

Professional supervision is defined as regular, protected time for critical, in-depth reflection on practice which enables the supervisee to achieve, sustain and develop a high quality of practice. It is a means of focused support and development and allows for the consideration of personal and contextual factors which may impact on professional practice, providing a pathway for managing these.To access a list of available supervisors please email

Last updated 10 June 2019.