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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Early bird pricing available until 25 February 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


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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, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Session one: National news - ‘the good’

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

Screening and immunisation

Deborah Tomalin, Director, NHS Public Health Commissioning and Operations - Screening and Immunisation

The national programme update

Lorraine Tunbridge, National Implementation and Development Lead, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, Public Health England Screening

Diabetes and the focus on prevention

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Practice (Diabetes), Imperial College London

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

Ms Adeline Pinnock, Public Health Practitioner and Retinal Screener Grader, University Hospitals Birmingham

Remission and lifestyle, an update from a primary care perspective

Mr Douglas Twenefour, Dietician and Deputy Head of Care, Diabetes UK and Dr Joan St John, General Practitioner Clinical Lead for Diabetes, North West London

Panel discussion

Session three: Looking forward - 'the ugly'

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

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

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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 18 May 2021Late 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