A NURSE has been suspended for a year as she does not speak fluent English.
Liliana Ardelean worked as a carer at Kineton Manor Nursing Home for two months from October 2018 after being employed through an agency.
But staff at the home referred her to the Nursing and Midwife Council (NMC) after raising concerns about her language skills.
Despite being a registered nurse she took a position as a carer with a view to improve her English while working, and to eventually hold a nursing role.
But colleagues said her English was poor and residents often struggled to understand her, meaning she had to be accompanied by other carers who could ‘translate’ for her.
She was also offered language classes by the manager which she did not undertake.
Miss Ardelean later held positions at care homes Peaker Park in Market Harborough, and through Hallmark Care Homes – which has 18 sites including Anya Court in Rugby – but managers at both homes also said her language skills needed improvement.
The NMC has suspended her from the nursing register for a year as she ‘does not have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively.’
She must take an English Language Test to show she can fully use the language, something which Miss Ardelean admits she is not ready to do.
A panel spokesman said: “UK nurses need to be able to communicate clearly in English in order to provide safe and effective care.
“Miss Ardelean, with her current lack of knowledge of English, is liable in the future to put patients at unwarranted risk of harm and also bring the profession into disrepute.”