Portfolio Assessment Process

Nurses wanting to submit their portfolios are asked to review the guidelines and checklists to determine which level they will submit under. Check on your organisation's website or with your PDRP Coordinator to see when submissions are accepted. It can normally take up to three months to gather the necessary evidence to submit your portfolio. A good way of laying the portfolio out is to follow the checklist (at the front of the guidelines for each level) and arrange the evidence according to the checklist.

When you are ready to submit, download an application consent form (below) with the list of current assessors from your organisation. Cross off any assessor you do not wish to assess your portfolio; applicants are asked to delete the name of assessors who work in the same clinical area, or who are friends, relatives, etc. to ensure the assessment is fair and objective.  The PDRP Coordinator will allocate PDRP assessor(s) from those remaining on the list.  Portfolios are assessed by one or more assessors for levels Competent and Proficient, and two or more assessors at levels Accomplished and Expert.

For Proficient, Expert and Accomplished levels:
 Application Consent Form.doc

For Competent and Senior Nurse levels:


The assessment process should be completed within 10 weeks of receipt of the application. PDRP Assessors may contact the applicant for further details or clarification during the assessment. Should further evidence be required, this timeframe may be extended.  PDRP Assessors, after seeking permission from the applicant, may consult with appropriate clinical staff in relation to area specific clinical issues and will document accordingly. Feedback will be given to the applicant verbally and will also be formally documented as "assessor's comments" on the evidence sheet returned with the portfolio to the applicant. Mutually convenient times will be set for Expert/Accomplished level Practice Discussions. Questions for this discussion will be sent out 7 working days prior to the set date. Please find below a summary of the Expert/Accomplished practice level discussion process which is included with the questions sent out. Applicants for the Proficient level may request a practice discussion with their assessor(s) if they wish.

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Page last reviewed: 25 September 2013
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