Italian nurse spoke such poor English colleague was forced to mime hearing

first_imgAntonella Indrizzi  worked at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NottinghamshireCredit:Raymonds Press The panel has concluded that her lack of knowledge is such that she has in the past put patients at unwarranted risk of harm.Nursing and Midwifery Council panel Antonella Indrizzi worked at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire The committee panel said she had been given chances to improve her English, but refused to take the IELTS internationally recognised English language test. Her fitness to practise as a nurse was “impaired”, the committee said. “The panel has concluded that her lack of knowledge is such that she has in the past put patients at unwarranted risk of harm,” it added.Julie Bacon, Director of Human Resources for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Antonella Indrizzi was recruited from Italy and worked for the Trust for nine months during 2015 as a Healthcare Support Worker, not as a registered nurse.”All the usual employment checks were undertaken before she took up her post. However, as an EU national she was not required to take a language test.”She received regular supervision and dedicated support. However, we ultimately referred this case to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”center_img One colleague told the NMC that sometimes Ms Indrizzi would look at her like she did not understand what she saying.It led to her having to point with her hands and mime, while explaining verbally, in a bid to make sure Ms Indrizzi knew what to do.She had also misinterpreted medical terms on the ward where she worked and did not communicate effectively with patients.One patient had had to call for help because she was upset and, despite trying, Ms Indrizzi had been unable to find the words to reassure her. Instead, she had told the patient to “be quiet”, according to a ward leader at the hospital.Ms Indrizzi had worked as a healthcare support assistant at the hospital, but was a registered nurse, the committee heard. But she has now been struck off after her case went before the NMC’s conduct and competence committee. An Italian nurse was so poor at English a colleague was forced to mime to communicate with her, a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing was told. Antonella Indrizzi took a job in the UK after answering an overseas recruitment campaign in Italy in February 2015.But her colleagues at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, soon found her grasp of the English language was of concern.There were numerous incidences of patients refusing to have her look after them due to her “extremely poor” language skills, a committee heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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