Success and Development Requirements

Performance Appraisal system, Health NZ Te Whatu Ora, Canterbury

Although all levels of PDRP are valid for three years from the date of approval, in order to verify that the PDRP level initially endorsed is being maintained in the 1st and 2nd years. PDRP Interim Appraisals are no longer a requirement as the following procedure now applies:

All nurses, HCAs and Nurse Practitioners in Te Whatu Ora Canterbury are self-responsible for completing the Success and Development Form for Nurses on MAX. You will then arrange/book into the eCalendar, a short meeting with your Nurse Manager to discuss/finalise this process.

This occurs yearly, and it is the responsibility of each nurse/HCA/NP to initiate and complete on MAX and arrange this meeting. Some nurses use the anniversary date of their APC, as a reminder to do this process.

A Competence Assessment form is available for NCNZ audit or if a manager or Nurse requests a competence assessment against the NCNZ competencies. This form is not required for an ePortfolio, as the competencies are embedded within the ePortfolio. There is room for the competence assessment form, or the completed and assessed ePortfolio to be attached to the nurse's MAX Success & Development template also.

A major change of this new system is the PDRP Interim Appraisal has been discontinued (Health NZ Canterbury). You will therefore confirm you are meeting your PDRP level at your yearly Success and Development Conversation with your Nurse Manager, and the PDRP team will audit this information.

NOTE:This is for Health NZ Te Whata Ora Canterbury staff only.

For external organisation please contact your PDRP Coordinator to find out how to maintain your level at the interim year.

Non-maintenance of the yearly requirements

If the nurse is not verified as having met the yearly requirements and no extension has been applied for, the applicant will be removed from the PDRP and any level of practice payment associated with the PDRP will cease. The nurse will no longer be exempt from Nursing Council audit processes.

If the nursing line manager believes that the applicant does not meet the required level of practice, they will then work with the applicant to put together a development plan.

If after three months the applicant has not been able to meet these requirements, he/she can choose to either drop a level of practice or come off the PDRP process until able to represent their portfolio for assessment. 

If the applicant believes they have been unfairly treated, they can then choose to go through the appeals process which is described fully in the PDRP process located on the intranet.

Yearly requirements in the case of illness or parental leave

When nurses successful on the PDRP are on parental or extended leave, the nurse is required by NCNZ to still maintain continuing competence requirements for professional development hours, hours worked and assessment against the competencies once they return to work.

The following statements come from the PDRP Policy:

In the case of parental leave the PDRP level should remain the sameduring that year. 

When the applicant starts parental leave they will notify the PDRP Coordinator of their status. 

A yearly requirement will not be required, until they return to work.

Upon return to work, the applicant meets with their Nurse Manager to form a development plan to determine how they will meet the yearly requirements.

If post parental leave yearly requirements cannot be met, the same process will occur as per PDRP Policy.


In the case of the applicant taking extended leave for up to one year, the same principle applies as in the case of parental leave.

NOTE: If a nurse is going on parental or extended leave over their 3 yearly expiration date, they are still required to resubmit their portfolio by this date. This is because under the HPCA, Nursing Council audit requirements must still be met, in this case through the PDRP.​

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Page last reviewed: 11 April 2024