Practice Development Support


These guidelines are provided to support mental health nurses and primary care nurses working towards achieving a mental health and addiction credential in primary care.  The identified language preferred by primary care nurses for this relationship between mental health and primary care nurses is Practice Development Support.


Practice Development Support assists the primary care nurse with translation of knowledge and skills into practice.  Reflective practice is the foundation for the relationship between nurse and supervisor providing support, with the overarching goal of enhancing confidence and practice in the primary care setting.  The supervisor will have specialist mental health knowledge/skill and may already be working in (or aligned with) the primary care setting, the nurse or the local DHB.  The supervisor will be accountable for his/her own practice, own clinical supervision (MH & A context) and recommending the nurse for credentialing during application phase.


Supervision Guidelines have been developed for both the nurse (credential applicant) and supervisor (mental health & addiction expert).  Click here for the guidelines.

A relevant and key document associated is the Professional Supervision Guide for Nursing Supervisors found on the Te Pou website