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Applications for Postgraduate Funding for the 2024 academic year opens on the 1st of August 2023 and closes on the 6th October 2023


For Hospital and Specialist Services funding application form click here
For Primary Health Care and Aged and Residential Care funding application form click here

Hutt Valley works with Tertiary Education Providers to support registered nurses across the district to study towards postgraduate qualifications. Nurses can apply for papers the build towards a postgraduate qualification.

Please watch the PowerPoint here to familiarise yourself with the PG Funding Process.


Before you apply:

Any registered nurse who wishes to apply for funding for 2024 will need to have a career conversation. Career conversations enable you to consider what your future aspirations are, and how your study pathway will support your professional growth. Please review the Career Conversation flyer and email to book.

Please bring to your career conversation and be ready to discuss;

  •          A copy of your academic transcript
  •          Professional Development and Career Plan
  •          What papers you have completed
  •          What your study plan is for 2024
  •          What your future aspirations are
  •          How your plan of study aligns with the Nursing and Midwifery Priorities

Following your career conversation, you will be able to apply for funding from the 1st of August using the online application form. The application form will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you will not be able to save your progress so it must be completed in one sitting.

Funding process

The 2024 application process is for the entire 2024 academic year ie Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3. The steps below outline the process for funding applications

Step One

Drop into the Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley Post Graduate Roadshow on the 3rd of August between 1pm and 4.30pm in the Auditorium to discuss papers and pathways with the Tertiary Education Providers. See the Roadshow flyer here

Step Two

Decide which papers you would like to apply for funding for and complete your Professional Development/Career Plan in discussion with your manager to identify career goals and how you will attain them.

Step Three

Contact and arrange a career conversation with a person on the list above. Remember to take with you a copy of your academic transcript and your Professional Development/Career Plan Click here to access the Career Plan.

Step Four

Apply for funding using the online application form from the 1st of August. It is important that all sections are completed. If you have any trouble with the application form, please contact for assistance. You will receive email acknowledgement of your application. Applications close on the 6th of October 2023.

NB: Hospital inpatient services - Your service DON and line manager will prioritise applications for their area considering roster implications, skill mix on ward, how this paper will improve patient outcomes, how it fits with your areas PD plan, PDRP level of the applicant. Nursing and Midwifery Leadership complete the prioritisation process within the funding allocation.

Eligibility Criteria


The criteria below is the minimum requirement for eligibility. Prioritisation of funding follows the initial application supported by line managers and Directors of Nursing.

  • Current PDRP Portfolio at the time of application including Primary Health Care and Aged & Residential Care
  • 0.6FTE and above
  • Applicants to have completed Career conversation prior to application 

Prescribing Practicum Courses


All career conversations for nurses working towards a Prescribing Practicum or the Nurse Practitioner Pathway must be completed by Helen Costello (

If you are planning to undertake a RN prescribing practicum or Nurse Practitioner (NP) advanced practice and prescribing practicum course, approval to enrol is required at a service level and from the PDU team. Support to undertake the practicum courses relies on organisational agreement for role development during and after the practicum. A Prescribing Practicum Support Plan must be prepared before commencing the paper. This information also informs work-site planning, HW funding prioritisation and DHB workforce development.
A Prescribing Practicum Support Plan will address the additional expectations for clinical teaching, prescribing supervision (often medical or NP) and advanced practice mentoring associated with these papers. HW funding contributes towards the additional costs associated with completing a NP advanced practice and prescribing practicum (e.g. professional supervision, clinical release). For more information or guidance, please contact

Professional Supervision

If professional supervision is part of your practicum plan, a list of supervisors can be obtained by emailing once your application is approved.


Clinical Mentoring


Application for up to 10-hours clinical mentoring support must be approved prior to undertaking a course requiring this.

This support is only available for courses that require clinical mentoring/clinical mentor in addition to academic teaching/mentoring. Clinical mentoring must be negotiated by the nurse enrolling in the course in consultation with their Line Manager and NAMO at the time of your HW career conversation. Approval will be documented in their confirmation email.

Clinical mentoring is the provision of clinical teaching and coaching to support the HW trainee (nurse) to extend knowledge and skills through clinical experience, critical thinking, skilled health assessment and comprehension of diagnostic measures and outcomes. These skills are required for evidence based clinical reasoning.

Assessment courses that may require clinical mentoring

An assessment paper that requires learning and practicing new clinical assessment skills through accessing clinical mentoring to extend practice in the workplace or a new setting.

  • Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (Massey University)
  • Advanced Assessment and Therapuetic Intervention in Mental Health (Massey University)
  • Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Advanced Mental Health Assessment (University of Auckland)

Cultural Support


Hutt Valley provides funding for cultural supervision/mentoring and resources to support Māori and Pacific registered nurses undertaking funded postgraduate study.

Cultural Support funding is open to any person who has whakapapa and cultural links to whānau, hapū and iwi (for Māori) or is of Pacific Peoples descent and has established cultural links to the Pacific Peoples' communities.


Cultural supervision Either a formal or informal relationship between members of the same culture with the purpose being to ensure that the supervisee is practising according to the values, protocols and practices of that particular culture. It is about cultural accountability and cultural development (Eruera, 2005).

Mentoring Mentoring is an advisory role in which an experienced, highly regarded, collegial person guides another individual in the development and examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The relationship is dynamic, complex and reciprocal. It supports growth and bridges the gap between the educational process and the real world. The relationship identifies the talents the mentee already possesses and the nurturing and encouragement of these talents in order to fully develop them (Barker, 2006; College of Health Disciplines, 2005; College of Nurses Aotearoa, 2007).

Mentor An appropriately qualified and experienced person, who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses trainees continually so that the trainee achieves their outcomes at the end of the programme. Mentors motivate and encourage trainees to continue their education (HW, 2006). A mentor may also be someone trained in providing clinical (professional) supervision.

Cultural development This support can be combined with cultural supervision or mentoring but funds for cultural development are limited to:

  • Cultural resources
  • Membership to Māori or Pacific Health Professional Organisations
  • Cultural activities including Kuia/Kaumātua, and peer support


If you have any questions about the funding process or need assistance, please contact;

Zoe Arthurs Nurse Coordinator – NETP and PG Funding
M: 027 807 9621

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