About this event

  • Date and time Fri 24 Apr 2020 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

*Please note this event has been cancelled.*

This essential conference for anyone involved in diabetic eye screening will provide insight into current progress and future developments in the field.

Receive key updates directly from the National Programme team with an opportunity to question them directly. World authorities will provide expert insight on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and our keynote speakers, Professor Simon Harding and Professor Tunde Peto, will explain how they were able to overcome diabetic eye screening challenges.

Our faculty of experts, including the National Programme team, clinical directors, international psychology experts, and patients, will give you in-depth insight and best practice to implement changes to your own programme and benefit patients - particularly those in the hard to reach populations.

Meeting objectives:

  • Outline the current national updates pertaining to diabetic eye screening
  • Discuss the role of innovation and share best practice examples
  • Understand the psychosocial aspects of diabetes

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The Ophthalmology Section would like to thank Bausch + Lomb and Johnson & Johnson for supporting the Academic Year 2019-2020 Programme of Events
Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Miss Evelyn Mensah, Deputy Clinical Lead NWL DESP; Clinical Lead Ophthalmology Dept, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Mr Patrick Rankin, National Programme Manager, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, NHS Screening Programmes and Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: National news

Chair: 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

OCT guidance & potential for OCT to become part of DESP nationally

Ms Shelley Widdowson, National Grading Lead, Public Health England

Panel one discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Understanding, engaging and communicating

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

Being diabetic; Understanding the patient’s viewpoint

Miss Petrina McDaid, Patient under the care of Central Middlesex Hospital, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Increasing patient uptake: Why social determinants & health behaviours matter

Ms Adeline Pinnock, Health Promotion Specialist; Retinal Screener/Grader, University Hospitals Birmingham

Keynote speaker one: Risk based variable interval screening

Professor Simon Harding, Chair Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Head of Department, Department of Eye and Vision Science, Institute of Lifecourse and Medical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Risk based variable interval screening

Panel two discussion

Session three: Looking forward and looking around

Chair: Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Look forwards, not back

Mr Stephen Aldington, Research and Professional Development Manager, Department of Ophthalmology,
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Keynote speaker two: The National Diabetic Eye Screening programme in Chile

Dr Fernando Barría von-Bischhoffshausen, Head, Ophthalmology Service of the Regional Hospital of Concepción, Technical Advisor, Junaeb, Chilean Society of Ophthalmology, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Executive Committee, Chair, Prevention of blindness of the Pan American Society of Ophthalmology

Panel three discussion
Keynote speaker three: Fighting the good fight – and the winners are….

Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast

Discussion and Summary

Miss Evelyn Mensah, Mr Patrick Rankin, Professor Peter Scanlon

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting



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