Interpreting on the Ward

taught by Vicky Pannell | taught by Vicky Pannell

Course description

Vicky discusses working with Deaf professionals in a medical setting along with its specific challenges, interpreting for Deaf patients on a ward and interpreting during a birth.

What do we need to consider when interpreting for Deaf in patients? How about interpreting for Deaf medical professionals, their colleagues and patients? What are some of the challenges and rewards of working on the ward? How can we best prepare for these types of assignments? How can you accurately represent the professional client as well as the patient, whilst dealing with the demands of a busy hospital?

Vicky Pannell has worked in this domain for some time now and will be sharing her tips and experience with us all. Vicky will not be covering mental health interpreting in her webinar.

Learning outcomes include:

  • An enhanced understanding of what is required of you when interpreting for Deaf professionals in medical settings.
  • An awareness of how to prepare for a medical interpreting assignment with a Deaf patient.
  • An understanding of how different models of interpreting affect how you interpret for a Deaf patient.
  • An awareness of the fundamental issues when interpreting at a birth.


"Enjoyable webinar, thought provoking."  - Sue, Interpreter

"Well structured. Having only ever worked with Deaf patients on a ward the deaf professional information was educational. The Conduit versus Advocate models was thought provoking." - Lesley

"It was useful to hear about what it is like working on wards and the usual procedures that happen (eg. handover) and how to deal with this and issues that may arise." - Fiona

"It was lovely to sit an listen to an interpreter share their experience of 6 years medical interpreting" - Danielle

"It covered a wide range of experiences.. these will be useful in a variety of bookings... like biting into a ferrero rocher  and having all the new textures and tastes" - Judy


Vicky  Pannell
Vicky Pannell

Vicky Pannell (Nee Nunn) qualified as a sign language interpreter in 2009. She has experience interpreting in a variety of different domains such as office, medical, theatre, and education amongst others. You will likely recognise her from her on stage interpreting in the West End theatres of London and music festivals such as Glastonbury. However, Vicky has always had a passion for community and medical interpreting. 

Vicky has a particular interest in the dynamic between interpreters and Deaf professionals – particularly when working with the same person for a long time and discusses this working relationship in her webinar: 'Interpreting on the ward'. Vicky looks at working with Deaf professionals in a medical setting and the particular challenges this raises, and also discusses interpreting for Deaf patients in hospital.

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