February 2023 Newsletter

Tēna koutou It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of February already! While we would normally be enjoying settled summer weather across Aotearoa, we extend our thoughts and aroha to our North Island colleagues and whānau who have endured the impact of recent, unprecedented extreme weather events.

Ngā mihi

Vanessa Simpson
General Manager/Registrar – Tumuaki/Pouroki

Family Court Specialist Report Writers

We met with Judge Jaquelyn Moran and her Advisory Board in Wellington just prior to Christmas in response to a report which raised the role of the Board’s complaints processes in inhibiting the ability to recruit specialist report writers to undertake this vital work. The conversation was very collegial, constructive, and productive resulting in some important positive changes being agreed upon. We view this as a very encouraging step in supporting, retaining and recruiting specialist report writers. We commit to keeping you informed with progress. For more details, please refer to the full report.

Annual Practising Certificate Renewal 

Renewals for annual practising certificates opened on 20/02/23.The renewal period is open for five weeks and closes on 31/03/23. You can renew your practising certificate by logging into our online portal. Following careful consideration and modelling, the Board decided not to increase fees this year. It is noted, however, there may be some smoothing required in 2024/25 with the introduction of the disciplinary levy.

Secretariat Changes 

We warmly welcome Alexis Kemelmager (EA/Board Secretary) and Maria Thomas (Communications Advisor) to the Secretariat team. While Alexis works tirelessly and very efficiently behind the scenes ensuring the smooth operation of the Board, Maria will be more visible to you as we develop a communications plan which will involve more regular and varied engagement with our practitioners.

Communications Survey 

The Board are reviewing their communications and engagement and would love to hear about what works best for you. We have created a short survey asking you about the best way to stay in touch and what parts of the Board’s work matter most to you.

Good communication between us and you and other practitioners is vital to helping us grow a strong and healthy profession and supporting our communities together. Please take a few minutes to let us know what works for you.

Formulating an Apology for the Wai2725 claim 

The Board, the Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists, with members of the NSCBI providing advice and guidance, has been working on formulating an appropriate response from the three organisations for the harm described in the Wai2725 claim. This project will grow in scope and offer numerous opportunities for membership engagement and, as the apology is developed, consultation will be sought from our practitioners. We will keep you updated as this important discussion continues.

IT Infrastructure 

Following the NZPB cyber security issue towards the end of last year, there have been IT infrastructure changes introduced to increase security and decrease risk: The NZPB NERS database has been moved to an independent Microsoft Azure platform All remaining NZPB data is in the process of being migrated to the cloud-based architecture Sharepoint and OneDrive The implementation of tighter controls such as multi-factor authentication and restricted administration rights

NZCCP Conference 

A reminder that the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists Conference is happening in Wellington from 23-27 March this year. Our very own Psychology Advisors, Ann Connell and Nikki Reynolds, will present a workshop entitled “Demystifying Conduct, Competence and Fitness”. There will be increased NZPB Board and Secretariat presence at conferences this year. Look out for us at our stand at the NZCCP conference. We look forward to chatting with you!

Contact details:
Email: info@nzpb.org.nz
Phone: 0800 471 4580