This is the first time Linnaeus has appointed patient care assistants (PCAs) to its clinical board. The appointment of Alice Boyle from Maven Veterinary Care in Sutton, and Lily Barnes from Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, ensures PCAs are represented at a national senior level within Linnaeus.
The board comprises 68 members, with Alice and Lily becoming two of its 12 field representatives, which are involved in all aspects of the board’s activities. Alice is representing PCAs working in primary care while Lily speaks for referrals. The move will ensure the board is truly inclusive by including a wider range of experience and expertise from every level in clinical practice.
Of her appointment to the board, Lily said: “I applied to join the clinical board to offer input on decisions relating to client and patient care, so I am looking forward to contributing to the group. I am particularly keen to input on decisions relating to our feline patients and sustainability.
“Representing PCAs on the clinical board provides us with a voice on clinical matters and demonstrates that we are valued and appreciated.”
Alice added, “I am really excited to join the Linnaeus clinical board and work more closely with colleagues right across the business. It is a valuable opportunity to progress and develop in my role by learning from others while sharing my experiences too.”
The Linnaeus clinical board focuses on delivering excellence in clinical care and client service. Its remit includes new technology and equipment, novel drugs, protocols and policy for management of complex or contentious conditions, advising on educational needs, and decisions that would have a major clinical impact across the group.