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.

Professional supervision aims to contribute to a safe and high quality service delivery for individuals and their family and whanau through supporting the ongoing professional development and learning of staff. Professional Supervision Policy


Graduate programmes

Manaaki pia tauhou Allied Professions

(Allied Professions new graduate programme)

This programme has been established for our Allied Professions pia tauhou/new graduates to support them to thrive in their roles as they start their health careers at Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley.

The programme runs as 4 interprofessional sessions over 6 months that support new graduates to confidently build on clinical and non-clinical knowledge and skills, so that they can:

  • Confidently perform and understand their roles, values and responsibilities
  • Manage the transition from student to working professional
  • Develop skills to allow them to thrive as an Allied Professional in a large and complex organisation
  • Build on prior knowledge of interprofessional practice and education and apply this in the workplace

The programme runs twice per year, and is open to new graduates and trainee interns from any of the Allied Professions.



For some professions, the role of kaiwhakangungu/preceptor has been introduced to provide support, teaching and assessment to the pia touhou/new graduate in their first year.  There are opportunities for kaiwhakangungu/preceptors to grow their capability in this role through a half day interprofessional workshop and ongoing support from their manager.

Other individual professions offer their own support for their pia touhou/new graduates.

In our Older Adults, Rehabilitation and Allied Health Service (ORA), both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy offer rotational programmes to provide new graduates with a solid foundation of clinical skills applied across a diverse range of key clinical settings, including hospital and home-based settings.

Both programmes provide competency frameworks to guide development, supported with access to teaching, training and supervision.

Vacancies are advertised on the CCDHB jobs site when they become available.


MHAIDS Allied Health New Entry to Specialist Practice programme in mental health and addictions

The Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) AH-NESP programme was established in 2016 to equip and support new graduate occupational therapists and social workers to work in our specialised context.

The programme consists of:

Each year we select two occupational therapists and two social workers within their first two post-graduate years for the programme. The graduates are employed on a fixed term 0.9 FTE contract for the duration (February to December). At the end of the programme, although there is no guarantee, most graduates go on to permanent employment within MHAIDS.

Clinical practice contexts include adult, youth, forensic, early intervention, intellectual disability, Māori mental health and addictions, Pasifika mental health and addictions, and acute mental health and addictions.

Ideal candidates would:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree in either social work or occupational therapy
  • be registered or provisionally registered (for social work, you would have submitted your documentation to the Social Workers Registration Board)
  • have a full driver’s licence
  • be committed to both working and studying for the year
  • have a passion for the mental health and addictions field of practice.

Application process

Applications generally open in October of each year and can be made via our job vacancy website


Allied Professions Annual Review Documents

Capital Coast Allied Health Performance Review

Hutt Valley Mo Tātou (Performance Appraisals)  


Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is important to us all, so it's vital to be able to access support in times of need. The district wellbeing provider Raise, offers that support through dedicated and free employee assistance programme (EAP). You can find out more about the Raise programme here:

Last updated 15 February 2023.