About this event

  • Date and time Fri 12 Apr 2019 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

The essential diabetic screening update with expert insights into achieving better uptake, patient engagement, understanding the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and reaching your most challenging demographics. 

Speakers include the National Programme team, Clinical Directors, international psychology experts and patients.

Speakers already confirmed include Professor Roy Taylor (responsible for the 800 calories a day diet that has received worldwide media coverage) and Dr Partha Kar (associate clinical director, NHS Diabetes) who will discuss the importance of the language we use with people with diabetes in the NHS.

Topics include:

  • Updating on National Screening objectives Communicating what is coming next in Diabetic Eye Screening and how it can be achieved
  • Discussing improving patient engagement Understanding the psychology of diabetic patients
  • Sharing best practice examples Discovering new technologies Listening to international experts 


We would like to thank our exhibitor(s):

Allergan, Bausch + Lomb, Carleton Ltd, Carl Zeiss, Emis, Health Intelligence, Optos and Sense Medical

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Professor Roy Taylor

Professor Roy Taylor

Director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre

Speaker's biography

"Changing beliefs about the reversible nature of type 2 diabetes has been a challenge rather similar to that we faced between 1986 and 1996 in achieving acceptance by ophthalmologists and diabetologists that screening for diabetic retinopathy should be done by retinal camera and not the ophthalmoscope. Both took many years. My talk will describe the current state of understanding of reversing type 2 diabetes to a state of post-diabetes. The practical approach to retinal screening of people with postdiabetes will also be discussed.”

Dr Partha Kar

Dr Partha Kar

Clinical Director of Diabetes at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Partha Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008. He has been the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009-2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department (HSJ Awards/BMJ Awards) due to its services and care provided.


One of his main areas or passion is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model which aims to deliver diabetes care differently. He is an avid user of social media such as Twitter (@parthaskar) to engage with patients – and been recognised as a “Social media Pioneer” by HSJ in 2014. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.


He is also the co-creator of TAD talks (Talking About Diabetes) and the Type 1 Diabetes comic (“Origins”) – while also involved in setting up a Type 1 Diabetes information portal (T1resources.uk). And the Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England leading on digital innovation.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Mr Patrick Rankin, National Programme Manager, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Dr Tunde Peto, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and President of BARS, Queen’s University, Belfast and Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Lead, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Session one: National news

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

National screening programmes update

Professor Anne Mackie, National Screening Director, Public Health England UK National Screening Committee

The national programme update

Mr Patrick Rankin, National Programme Manager, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Public Health England Screening

Data in the national programme

Mrs Buki Asanbe, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Public Health England

IT in the national programme

Mr Philip Gardner, Chairman, The British Association of Retinal Screening

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Understanding, engaging and communicating

Mrs Madeleine Johnson, Consultant in Public Health and Regional Quality Assurance Lead, NHS Screening Programmes

Being diabetic - understanding the patient’s viewpoint

Ms Verity McLelland, Type 1 Programme Manager, Diabetes UK

Being diabetic - understanding the psychosocial aspects

Dr Amy-Kate Hurrell, Senior Clinical Psychologist in Diabetes, Barts Health NHS Trust

How we engaged our 'hard to reach' populations

Mr Ali Askari, Programme Manager, North Central London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Language matters - how to communicate effectively

Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Panel discussion

Session three: Looking forward

Professor Peter Scanlon

Automated diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy

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

A tailored intervention to promote uptake of retinal screening among young adults with type 2 diabetes in Australia

Dr Amelia Lake, Research Fellow, The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes and Deakin University, School of Psychology

Cost effectiveness of the use of OCT in surveillance clinics

Professor Peter Scanlon

Panel discussion
Keynote lecture: Reversing diabetes - the story of the DiRECT trial and the 800 calorie diet

Professor Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, University of Newcastle

Summary of the day

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

Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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