Health Workforce New Zealand has now confirmed that Te Pou will have the planning and funding role for all Skills Matter programmes in 2014 (more information can be found at www.skillsmatter.co.nz ). Skills Matter funds post graduate training programmes in mental health and addiction.
With respect to the Skills Matter new entry to specialist practice mental health and addiction nursing programme (frequently referred to as New Grad Nursing programme ), our intention is to contract with the existing educational providers in 2014, using the contract service specification that was revised during 2012/2013. This programme is for registered nurses new to mental health and addiction nursing, including new graduates and registered nurses entering mental health and addiction. The programme supports nurses new to mental health and addiction services to develop their professional practice while developing the specific skills required for the speciality field of mental health and addiction nursing. The programme offers theory and significant supported clinical experience.
The indicative 2014 service specification is here and can also be viewed via the Skills Matter page of the Te Pou website. In 2014 for the first time we will be reserving 8 positions nationally (2 per region) for nurses employed as a nurse by NGOs. Please note that the service specification outlines quite detailed requirements for the clinical practice component of the programme, including access to a preceptor and a supervisor.
Te Pou will oversee the NGO allocation process, but interested trainees/employers should approach new entry to nursing programme providers in the first instance to discuss enrolments for 2014. Programme providers are as set out below, and details of who to contact within these organisations are included on the Skills Matter pages of Te Pou’s website. Where possible prospective trainees should indicate their interest in enrolling by the end of August 2013 to allow us to finalise contractual allocations for each provider.
Provider & DHB region
University of Auckland: Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Tairawhiti, South Canterbury and Southern.
Whitireia Community Polytechnic: Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Capital and Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Mid Central, Whanganui and Nelson/Marlborough.
Waitemata DHB: Waitemata.
Canterbury DHB: Canterbury and West Coast.
As well as the new entry to nursing programme, Skills Matter will be offering its other training programmes in 2014. Details of these programmes are on the Skills Matter pages of Te Pou’s website. Please feel free to contact Emma Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Skills Matter Programme Lead, Fiona Hamilton (Fiona.Hamilton@tepou.co.nz) if you have any questions.