Plunket is committed to equipping our people and supporting them to succeed - and one of the ways we do this is through the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP).

Plunket's PDRP is designed to:

  • Recognise, value and acknowledge the significant contribution Plunket nurses and health workers make in reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes for tamariki and whānau
  • Give a framework for nurses and health workers to develop their professional practice and support their career pathway
  • Provide assurance of Plunket’s commitment to health care excellence.

The knowledge and skills required in practice at the different PDRP levels are integrated into the Standards for Plunket Nurse Practice and Health Worker Standards of Practice.

Apply for PDRP

As a Plunket nurse or health worker, here's all the information you need for applying for PDRP. 

Handbooks

Your go-to document for all you need to know about PDRP at Plunket:

What level are you applying for?

Can I transfer my PDRP into Plunket?

If you're a nurse becoming employed by Plunket and you're on PDRP, you can apply to transfer your PDRP to Plunket.

Speak with your Plunket line-manager about this, and complete the Plunket PDRP transfer-in form and email it - along with a verified copy of your original PDRP certificate or confirmation letter - to the Plunket PDRP coordinator.

Payment form for PDRP

The payment form will need to be completed by your clinical services manager. 

When can I apply for PDRP?

Nurses applying for Competent and Senior Nurse can do so at any stage during the year. 

For health workers and nurses applying for Proficient and Expert levels, there are three set timeframe during the year when you can apply. 

Applications due before

Portfolios due before

Portfolio assessment completed during 

Outcome advised and PDRP payments start or cease 

1 February 1 March March 31 March
1 May  1 June  June  30 June 
1 September  1 October  October  31 October 

Need help?

If you need help at any stage, please contact the PDRP Coordinator (PDRP@Plunket.org.nz). 

Your line-manager or colleagues on PDRP may also be able to offer you some guidance and support. 

Applying for Competent 

Applications for competent level:

These applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. Please speak with your first-line manager about applying for PDRP (e.g. Clinical Leader).

You will need to email the completed application form through to the PDRP team at PDRP@plunket.org.nz. Then, when your portfolio is ready to be assessed, you can email it to PDRP@plunket.org.nz.

PDRP applications for nurses completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing (Well Child Tamariki Ora Child Tamariki Ora Strand):

If you are undertaking the PG Cert, you can apply to have your programme portfolio assessed for PDRP. Speak with your Plunket educator about that.

Applying for Proficient

Applications for proficient nurse level:

These applications are accepted at set times throughout the year. You will need to email an application form through to the PDRP Coordinator by the due date. 

When your portfolio is ready to be assessed, the portfolio is emailed to the PDRP team at PDRP@plunket.org.nz.

Applying for Expert

Applications for expert nurse level:

These applications are accepted at set times throughout the year (for dates see table above). You will need to email an application form through to the PDRP team by the due date. When your portfolio is ready to be assessed, the portfolio is emailed to PDRP@plunket.org.nz.

Applying for Senior Nurse

Applications for senior nurse level:

These applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. You can contact a Plunket PDRP assessor to arrange the portfolio assessment, or you can ask the PDRP coordinator to arrange an assessor for you.

Once the assessor is arranged, you will need to email the completed application form through to the PDRP coordinator. Then, when the portfolio is ready to be assessed, the portfolio is emailed to PDRP@plunket.org.nz.

Health workers: Applying for Proficient or Accomplished

All the documents and forms you need as a health worker applying for Proficient or Accomplished:

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