Hospitals & Services
Te Kāhui Kōkiri Mātanga PDRP is approved by Nursing Council New Zealand (NCNZ) as meeting the requirements for a practising certificate. This programme was granted approval by Nursing Council of New Zealand in June 2006.
The programme is for Enrolled and Registered Nurses.
No, it is open to all who can demonstrate the criteria for each level have been met.
Any nurse successful on this programme will not be audited by NCNZ as he/she will already be deemed "competent" by Nursing Council.
However if you are successful on the programme and you do recieve a letter from Nursing Council informing you that you have been selected for NCNZ audit, please email PDRP@cdhb.health.nz for Canterbury applicants or your organisations PDRP coordinator if you are from outside of the Canterbury region.
We will report to NCNZ on your behalf.
What is the difference
between being audited and being part of a PDRP?
The process for completeing a portfolio at competent level is the same as the NCNZ audit process. If you choose to submit your protfolio at EN or RN competent level or higher within the PDRP you will be exempt from NCNZ audit process for 3 years.
If you choose to complete the NCNZ audit process you are at risk of being selected for audit in the years following.
If you choose to participate in PDRP, and in consultation with your Line Manager, you can submit your portfolio at a higher level depending on your clinical practice. For example:
EN levels – Proficient and Accomplished
RN levels – Proficient and Expert
These higher levels may have financial components attached as per your organisations employment contract/MECA agreement.
No, however NCNZ select 5% of nurses every year. If
you are not on a NCNZ approved PDRP you may be seslected for the NCNZ audit
process which is compulsory.
If you are selected for NCNZ audit you can choose to
complete the requirements via NCNZ or with Te Kāhui Kōkiri Mātanga PDRP. The process for NCNZ audit and PDRP competent level
portfolio are the same.
If you choose to be part of Te Kāhui Kōkiri Mātanga PDRP we can then liase with NCNZ on your behalf.
Please contact the PDRP office if you would like further information
(Results of focus group discussions 2018)
No, it is open to all nurses whom can demonstrate they
are practicing at the criteria level for which they have applied.
Does my manager state which level I
should apply for?
Your manager also needs to write about your practice so you do need to have a discussion with your manager about the level you wish to apply for. Prior to having a discussion with your manager read the competencies and indicators and think of some examples of how you do that in your everyday practice.
It is helpful for both parties to have knowlegde of what you do in your practice at the level you are applying.
If you have PDRP assessors, or a PDRP resource person in you area they can provide guidance for you or your nurse educator.
The level of practice definitions should be weaved throughout your day to day practice, these can be found here http://edu.cdhb.health.nz/Hospitals-Services/Health-Professionals/pdrp/Pages/Forms-and-Templates.aspx
What is the financal rewards attached to the levels of PDRP?
These can be found in your employment agreement for your organisation.
This does not stop you from joining the PDRP.
As per the CDHB PDRP policy we allow ten weeks from
the date of submission. However please note there are occasions where it may
take longer. For example if further evidence is required either from the
applicant or/and the manager/reviewer, or/and the assessor is due for internal
moderation, or your portfolio is choosen for external moderation.
These situations can extend the period your portfolio
is in the system.
PLEASE NOTE: There
is organisational variance across the regions.
Assessors are nurses (EN's or RN's) nominated by their peers and endorsed by line managers and/or Directors of Nursing. An assessor is to have submitted their portfolio and attained at least proficient level PDRP.
Assessors are trained to the NZ Qualifications Unit Standard for assessors by The Open Polytechnic of NZ. This training programme has been used by most DHBs nationally and has been found to be satisfactory. There is an internal moderation process to ensure consistency of assessor decisions.
Assessors are to have attended a PDRP Current Assessor update study day every year to remain up-to-date with changes and updates in the programme.
Assessors are required to assess a minimin of eight portfolios per years to remain proficient.
It is the professional responsibility of the assessor
to not complete an assessment on a portfolio where they know of / working with
/ worked with the PDRP applicant or the manager/reviewer.
If an assessor receives a portfolio of any of the
above situations they have been instructed to return it to the office and
request another portfolio.
The criteria are generic rather than specialty
specific. Therefore evidence against any competency is able to be verified by a
trained Assessor. It is not necessary for the Assessor to have detailed
There is an assessor list on the website for
applicants to review and if you know an assessor there is a place to record
this at the bottom of the checklist (Proficient/Accomplished/Expert) in the
There is ongoing education around this process and a
template is available that lists helpful phrases you may wish to view. Remember
that under the new guidelines peer reviews are only necessary if the
performance appraisal provides insufficient evidence.
A peer review can be completed on the performance
appraisal document if instructed by the nurse line manager (CDHB)
What is the Moderation
Internal Moderation: A new assessor will be moderated
for their first 3-5 portfolios assessed, then 1:10 will be moderated. An
assessor will be moderated more frequently if there has been issues or
complaints about an assessment.
External Moderation: This process involves moderating
portfolios between the partnering regions. This process happens three times per
year and the results are discussed as the Operational Group meetings.
The moderation process is to ensure
consistancy between assessors and between the partnering organisations.
If your portfolio is selected to be
part of either moderation process the outcome of the original assessment will
When is PDRP
Completing a portfolio is compulsory if you are in the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) or the New Entry to Speciality Practice Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Programme (NESP).
It is also compulsory if your organisation has it written in their employment contract. Be familiar with your own organisations requirements.
Unfortunately it is not possible for the PDRP to grant extensions to expiry dates as Nursing Council requirements state assessment against the competencies must take place every three years for nurses.
If you resubmit your portfolio prior to or on your expiration date, there should be no interruption in your level of practice payment. Only if the expiration date comes and goes without resubmission will the PDRP payment be removed.
No, if you wish to submit a a higher level you can do this at any stage provided you have met the criteria for that level you wish to progress to.
In some organisations employment agreement there is
study level associated with the submission of your portfolio.
It is your responsibility to be aware of this for your
Te Kāhui Kōkiri Mātanga PDRP is not responsible for enforcing any criteria
contained in an organisations employment agreement.
Council of New Zealand requirements for professional development activities is
as below and is also found on their website.
Evidence of professional development hours (a minimum of 60 hours in the last
three years) must be verified by your employer or nurse educator. This must
also include a summary of the actual hours, signed by your employer or educator
to confirm your participation. This person is to include his or her name,
designation, address and phone number.