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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.

Transfer of PDRP

Any nurse who was on the PDRP at the DHB or another organisation with a NCNZ approved PDRP within the last three years will have their level re-established or transferred.


The transfer of PDRP is required for nurses who are new to the organisation (external transfers) or who are existing employees transferring to a new role within the organisation (internal transfers).


For nurses in the primary sector, the new employing organisation must have a PDRP Agreement with the DHB.


Transfer of PDRP is valid for 12 months from the date of employment, after which a new portfolio of evidence at the relevant level and area of practice must be completed and assessed. This must be on the DHB templates and meet the DHB assessment criteria. This includes both internal and external transfers.


An application form must be completed and sent to

Application form for transfer of PDRP between organisations or internally

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

PDRP Matters Newsletters. Find the monthly PDRP newsletters here

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 22 November 2018.