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About the PDRP

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. While PDRPs have to comply with both the National Framework for PDRPs (2005) and the NCNZ Framework for Approval of PDRPs, (2008) organisations are able to adapt their PDRP to include specific requirements. Capital & Coast (CCDHB), MidCentral (MDHB) and Whanganui (WDHB) District Health Boards have aligned their PDRPs to meet the above frameworks.

At CCDHB, MDHB and WDHB there are three PDRPs:

Health Care Assistants and other unregulated health care workers have a separate Merit Step Programme. There is also the Midwifery Quality & Leadership Programme for midwives.

Portfolio templates and checklists

Inservices in clinical areas on developing portfolios or other related topics can be arranged on an 'as required' basis by contacting the PDRP or Professional Development coordinator at your DHB. Ensure your portfolio is correctly composed using the content requirements and templates listed in the sections below for 3 yearly PDRP portfolios:

PDRP information booklets

The PDRP information booklets contain information about CCDHB, MDHB and WDHB's PDRP, its development and goals, how to apply to the different levels and how to maintain a level.

Huarahi Whakatū professional development recognition programme

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

PDRP Newsletters

2017 PDRP Matters Newsletters. Find the monthly PDRP newsletters here:


November 2017: click below to download November's Newsletter







October 2017: Click below to download October's Newsletter 

September 2017: Click below to download September's newsletter

August 2017: Click below to download August's newsletter

July 2017: Click below to download July's newsletter

June 2017: Click below to download June's newsletter

Link to June's Newsletter in PDF

May 2017: Click below to download May's newsletter 

Link to May's newsletter in PDF

February 2017: Click below to download February's newsletter

Link to Feb's newsletter in PDF

January 2017: Click below to download January's newsletter

Link to January's news;etter in PDF



Who to contact

For additional information on the PDRP, please contact your CNE, CNS or ADON. Or for specific inquiries, please contact the PDRP or Professional Development coordinator at your DHB:

CCDHB logoCapital & Coast DHB  Fern Crowe
Nurse Educator - Professional Development 
DDI (04) 806 0594 | Ext 80594

MidCentral District Health Board logoMidCentral DHB: Kathryn Fraser
DDI (06) 350 9146


Whanganui District Health Board logo


Whanganui DHB: Margaret Gosnell
DDI (06) 384 3164 | Ext 8164 | Cell (02) 108 719895

Last updated 28 November 2017.