About this event

  • Date and time Fri 8 Apr 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

This is an essential annual conference for all those involved in diabetic eye screening that provides insight into current and future changes within the specialty.

There will be key updates direct from the National Programme Team with an opportunity to question them directly. Join us for expert insight into best-shared practices which will enable all attendees to implement changes to their own programmes to benefit patients - particularly those in marginalised and diverse populations. 

Our keynote speakers are world authorities who will provide expert insight on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and explain how to overcome the challenges associated with the management of diabetes. 

During this meeting delegates will:

  • Achieve better uptake engagement and understanding about the psychosocial aspects of diabetes in reaching our most challenging populations. 
  • Identify any gaps in knowledge and develop areas for growth. 
  • Develop new skills or increased expertise in the management of an individual with diabetic eye disease. 

20 x bursary places (x10 student and x10 trainee places) are available for this meeting. Please send your request to ophthalmology@rsm.ac.uk

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email three days after the live in-person event on Monday 11 April 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.  

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We would like to thank our sponsors Carleton Optical, InHealth Intelligence, NEC Software Solutions UK, Optos and Sense Medical for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Miss Evelyn Mensah, Clinical Lead Ophthalmology Department, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and Co-Lead, North West London CRG and Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Session one: National news - ‘the good’

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, Clinical Lead, Ophthalmology Devon Clinical Commission Group, Clinical Lead, Devon Diabetic Eye Screening Program and President, British Association of Retinal Screening

NHS screening

Deborah Tomalin, Director, NHS Public Health Commissioning and Operations, NHS England and Improvement

National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme update

Mrs Lorraine Tunbridge, Diabetic Eye Screening Implementation and Development Lead, NHS England and Improvement

Diabetes and the focus on prevention

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England and Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Understanding, engaging and communicating - 'the bad'

Chairs: Mrs Madeleine Johnson, Consultant in Public Health/Head of Quality Improvement (North), Screening Quality Assurance Service, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Medical Retina, Diabetic Eye Screening Lead Northern Ireland, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Patients are people too - why social determinants and health behaviours matter

Miss Adel Pinnock, Public Health Practitioner, Retinal Screener and Grader, Heartlands Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham

Remission and lifestyle, an update from a primary care perspective

Mr Douglas Twenefour, Deputy Head of Care, Diabetes UK and Dr Joan St John, General Practitioner with Special Interest in Diabetes, North West London Diabetes Programme

Panel discussion

Session three: Looking forward - 'the ugly'

Chair: Professor Peter Scanlon

COVID-19 + diabetes = not a good mix!

Mrs Samantha Mann, Consultant Ophthalmologist, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Moving diabetic eye care forwards in the hospital eye service

Miss Helen Cook, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead, Humber Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Miss Evelyn Mensah and Professor Peter Scanlon

Close of meeting



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

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 01:0am on 7 April 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels