Nurse struck off for poor English

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A care home nurse whose poor English posed a risk to residents has been struck off.

Nihad Basha worked as a registered nurse at Highcliffe Care Home, a 45-bed nursing home.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel said Mr Basha had failed to maintain the knowledge and skills needed for safe and effective practice and was unable to communicate clearly and effectively in English.

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The Deputy Manager of the home at the time of an incident in June 2014 told the hearing that Mr Basha’s poor English resulted in him entering a wound assessment under a different resident’s file on the home’s computer-based care planning and home management CareDocs system.

The witness added that Mr Basha’s handovers had been poor and he was not able to understand telephone queries. She added that he had misread and could not correctly pronounce medication and residents found it difficult to understand him when he provided them with clinical support.

The panel concluded that Mr Basha placed residents at the home under “unwarranted risk of harm and would continue to place potential patients at such as risk if he was allowed to practice unrestricted”.

Mr Basha was struck off and given an interim 18 month suspension order.

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