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2019 PDRP Update


  • 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.
  • The changes will be in effect from 7.2.2019 and all the documents on the website have now been updated.
  • Previous versions of the PDRP documents and associated processes will continue to be accepted until 31.7.2019 only.

Overview of changes

  • Minor changes to the performance indicators of Competent, Proficient and Expert levels to align with the National Evidential Requirements (2017).
  • General updates to reflect the diverse nature of the nurses and organisations that utilise the PDRP
  • NZQA level 8 is no longer a requirement of Expert level
  • Inclusion of evidence which breaches privacy of patients, family, whanau 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.
  • Nurses who start in their role at CCDHB with a current NZNC approved PDRP from previous role, will have their PDRP level transferred until the expiration date of the original portfolio, or 12 months, whichever is longer. Please refer to the PDRP handbooks for further information.
  • 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 (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.

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.

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

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 (MOU) with the DHB.

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.

An application form must be completed and sent to:

Application form for transfer of PDRP between organisations or internally

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:

CCDHB logoCapital & 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 6 March 2020.