Experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) Helen Bye has become the new Referral Nursing Director at veterinary group Linnaeus.

Working within its central nursing team, Helen will focus on implementing the nursing strategy at Linnaeus, which aims to support the development and skillsets of its nurses throughout their career. She will advise on areas including leadership and engagement, clinical standards, education and clinical research across the 17 referral hospitals run by Linnaeus. The group’s primary network continues to be supported by Primary Care Nursing Director Claire Roberts.

Having joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in Somerset as a rotational RVN in 2015, Helen progressed to become its Head of Nursing Services in March 2022. Prior to working at Cave, which is part of Linnaeus, she spent two years as a senior nursing leader in Dubai and has experience in primary care, emergency and referral practice.

Helen will be working with regional leadership to implement the optimal structures for referral nursing teams and ensure that nursing has a presence within all senior leadership teams. She will also focus on company-wide collaboration to share best practice and champion talent, and is aiming to offer more networking opportunities to nurse leaders across Linnaeus.

Helen said:

“I will be working with leadership across multiple referral hospitals to continue building their great nursing teams; they share the same vision for their hospitals, which I am keen to develop further. I get great job satisfaction from guiding and nurturing talent. Supporting the progression of our nursing teams will help to provide the best possible care to our clients, our patients and each other.”

Dr Andrea Jeffery, Chief Nursing Officer at Linnaeus, commented:

“Helen is a superb role model for our referral nurses and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to her new position. Her promotion also demonstrates the progression opportunities within Linnaeus for our talented teams. I look forward to seeing how Helen builds on the nursing strategy with her own ideas and initiatives.”

In her spare time, Helen enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family and horse-riding lessons at her local riding school.

For further information about nursing careers at Linnaeus, please visit www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk/careers/nursing.

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