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2020 PDRP Updates

Due to the unprecedented circumstances and work situations brought about by COVID-19, PDRP portfolio due dates from 01/04/2020 have been extended until 1/10/2020.

PDRP portfolios:

If you have a portfolio that is due for renewal to maintain your level on the PDRP you have been granted an extension and can submit by 1/10/2020 without cessation of allowances. Please email Anjana Naidu if you have any queries.

If portfolios are ready to be submitted, please submit these to the Nursing and Midwifery Office on level 11, Grace Neil Block.

NETP and NESP applicants. At this stage there is no change to your submission date. Please submit your portfolio as per the usual process. If you have any difficulties with submitting your portfolio please email the NETP or NESP coordinators.

NCNZ communication:

The Nursing Council New Zealand has suspended its usual continuing competence audit requirements until 31 December 2020. Therefore you are exempt from audit until this date. 

PDRP Assessors:

  • Portfolio assessing is at the discretion of your line mangers. It is not considered essential services and your skill set and knowledge may be better utilised clinically. The Nursing and Midwifery Office can assist you with portfolio assessments if required.
  • The usual assessment time frame of 4 to 6 weeks has been suspended for the foreseeable future.

If you have any queries, please email Anjana Naidu, Associate Director of Nursing Workforce Development at

2019 changes to PDRP:

The Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP) has been updated to align with the PDRP National Framework and evidential requirements (2017) and to reflect feedback and organisational requirements.

  • Minor changes to the performance indicators of Competent, Proficient and Expert levels to align with the National Evidential Requirements (2017).
  • Inclusion of evidence which breaches privacy of patients, family, whānau or colleagues in any way will require return of a portfolio and immediate removal of the privacy breach. This may delay the assessment process and effect PDRP allowances; please ensure your team is aware of this.
  • Senior Expert pathway is now a requirement for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Speciality Clinical Nurses at CCDHB, except those that work in MHAIDS.

PDRP Assessor Updates (1 hour) and PDRP portfolio development workshops (2 hours), held in Kenepuru and Wellington, are available for booking via Connect Me (CCDHB employees) or by contacting (external).

For clarification or queries, please contact

Saleifi (Luey) Reriti
 DDI (04) 806 0594 Cell 027 4064989

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 (2017) 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.

PDRP handbooks

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.

Education & Workshops

PDRP Assessor Updates (1 hour) and PDRP portfolio development workshops (2 hours), held in Kenepuru and Wellington, are available for booking via Connect Me (CCDHB employees) or through the registration form (external) at the bottom of each workshop page. The PDRP Assessor Workshop is also available for nurses and managers who complete PDRP Portfolio Assessments.

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. 

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:

Transfer of PDRP

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 (MOU) with the DHB.

PDRP transfer application form must be completed and sent to At CCDHB, transfer of PDRP is valid until the expiration of the original portfolio, or for 12 months from the date of employment. Please refer to the PDRP Handbook for further information.

To remain current on the PDRP, a new portfolio of evidence reflecting the current area and level of practise must be completed and assessed as meeting all requirements prior to the expiration date of the transferred PDRP. Please note, the time frame for assessment is 4-6 weeks.

For all other organisations, please contact the PDRP Coordinator, as per the Contact details on Page 3 of the PDRP Handbook

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:


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Capital & Coast DHB:  Saleifi (Luey) Reriti

Nurse Coordinator - 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 4 September 2020.