National diabetic eye screening conference 2018: Making a difference


Friday 20 April 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Ophthalmology Section


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about this event

This conference will provide an essential update to what's happening in diabetic eye screening in 2018.Speakers invited from the national programme will provide insights into recent changes and those planned for the future, giving key updates for best practice.

The aim is to review the current National Diabetic Ophthalmic Screening Programme including new policies, future developments and to explore how Diabetic Screening is making a difference to individual patients and how it has saved sight.

  • Know about the national diabetic eye screening programme
  • Understand management of diabetic eye condition
  • Know about appropriate use of imaging in diagram and management of diabetic eye diabetics
  • Know about the impact of the diabetic eye screening programme 
  • Understand the links between diabetic retinopathy


bursary places

30 bursary places are available (10 student, 10 trainee, 10 AHP) to apply please send your full name, job title/year of study and organisation/Institution to the co-ordinator at  


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9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome, introduction and aims

Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, RSM, Mr Patrick Rankin, National Programme Manager, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Ophthalmology, Belfast

Session 1: National news

Ms Anne Stevenson, National Programmes Lead, Young Person and Adult Screening Programmes

9.40 am

National screening programme update

Dr Anne Mackie, Director of Screening, National Screening Committee

10.00 am

The national programme update

Mr Patrick Rankin

10.20 am

Improving the quality of grading

Mrs Shelley Widdowson, National Grading Lead, National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

10.40 am

NDESP data update

Ms Claire Robinson, Senior QA Adviser, Public Health England Screening

11.00 am


Ms Anne Stevenson

11.15 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Ideas and Images

Ms Madeleine Johnson, Consultant in Public Health and Head of Quality Assurance (North), Screening Quality Assurance Service PHE Screening

11.35 am

Can you predict stroke and cardiac risk from retinal vessels?

Professor Wong Tien Yin, Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Centre

12.05 pm

Embroidering the truth

Ms Celia Ward, Artistic Director, East London Textile Arts and Ms Marilyn Timmerman, Writer and Publisher, working with East London Textile Arts

12.25 pm

Screening quality assurance update

Ms Madeleine Johnson

12.45 pm

Diabetic eye screening website and videos to make a difference

Mr Richard Cragg, Programme Manager, Derbyshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

1.00 pm

Making a difference with QA

Ms Sue Cobbold, QA Adviser, Public Health England Screening

1.15 pm


Ms Madeleine Johnson

1.30 pm


Session 3: The way forward

Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director, National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

2.30 pm

The introduction of virtual medical retinal clinics

Ms Dawn Sim, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2.50 pm

The use of OCT in people with diabetes for DR and other associated eye disease

Miss Evelyn Mensah, Central Middlesex Hospital, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

3.10 pm

Changing protocols and training in laser treatment for sight threatening DR

Professor Peter Scanlon

3.30 pm


Professor Peter Scanlon


3.45 pm

Does diabetic screening actually work?

Professor David Owens, Consultant Diabetologist and Professor at Swansea University

4.25 pm


Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Mr Patrick Rankin, Professor Tunde Peto and Professor Peter Scanlon

4.30 pm

Completion of survey monkey and close of meeting

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The Section of Ophthalmology

is most grateful to BAYER for their educational grant during the academic year 2016/2017 (2017/2018). Bayer have had no involvement or influence on any of the agendas or content of the meetings.


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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Lucy Courtney-BennettTel: 02072903945 Email: arrow