About this event

  • Date and time Thu 14 Oct 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology in the UK faced a workload crisis prior to the pandemic. Post pandemic the situation is critical. This webinar will discuss new ideas about how to change current practices in ophthalmology to manage outpatients more effectively. Experts from around the world will unite to explore new solutions, compare how their health systems manage their outpatients, and look at how digital solutions can help.

During this webinar you will:
  • Examine current practices and constraints in the way UK patients are seen in UK Outpatients. 
  • Assess different models both in the UK and around the world 
  • Hear out new ideas about how to balance the number of UK ophthalmologists to the ever-growing demand for eye services 

With the growing backlog of patients to be seen in outpatient globally, this meeting aims to uncover different ways of working. Speakers will pull experiences from around the world and assessing innovative ideas to solve this enormous problem that is affecting all areas of medicine.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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

Key speakers

Nneka O Brooks

Dr Nneka O Brooks

Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Speaker's biography

Dr Nneka Offor Brooks was born in Nigeria but spent her formative years in New Jersey, USA, obtaining her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She was awarded her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City and there discovered a love for ophthalmology. Dr Brooks completed her residency training at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. During her residency, she received the prestigious Alfonse A. Cinotti Resident Award for her excellence in academic and professional achievements during training. Dr Brooks then went on to complete a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at the Lahey Clinic and Hospital in Massachusetts. Following her training, she has practiced in the private sector both in New York City and New Jersey. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists Dr Brooks is passionate about teaching and mentoring. She has been an avid teacher of medical students and residents throughout her career. In addition, Dr Brooks is a founding member of the Dr David K. McDonogh Scholarship, a program dedicated to supporting medical students from minority backgrounds in their pursuit of training in the fields of Ophthalmology and ENT. Dr Brooks has been involved with numerous multi-center clinical trials studying macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and uveitis. She has published and presented at national meetings on various topics in ophthalmology, including retinoblastoma, side effects of anti-VegF medications and neovascular glaucoma.

Dr Thomas Desmettre

Retina Consultant

Speaker's biography

Dr Thomas Desmettre, is the main Retina Specialist in the North of France with a clinical activity progressively developed since 1998. Since May 2013 this activity takes place in his owned facility in Marquette-Lez-Lille. The equipment (OCT, Angiographs, Lasers) and the Intravitreal Injection (IVI) dedicated room allow to diagnose and treat patients who are all referred by other ophthalmologists from the region. This clinical activity is fuelled by regular lectures in the North of France and in the rest of the country and by an editorship activity with the non-peer reviewed Journal “Réalités Ophtalmologiques“ which is the most read ophthalmology journal in France. The clinical activity in the North of France is also sustained by an activity in the Paris hospital Lariboisière. In this public hospital Dr Desmettre has a weekly clinic and participates to clinical research with other clinicians. Dr Desmettre has been a member of the Council of the Ophthalmology section of the RSM since 2019.

Mr Peter Thomas

Chief Clinical Information Officer and Director of Digital Medicine, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Speaker's biography

Peter is the Chief Clinical Information Officer and Director of Digital Medicine at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Clinically, he specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery. He has been involved in digital health for many years, and his main interest is in driving the digital transformation of eyecare in the UK. His work supports the creation of new models of care, for example the recent deployment of video consultations and home monitoring at Moorfields, that are more convenient and more available for patients. He has recently founded and leads the Department of Digital Medicine at Moorfields, the first department of its kind in the UK. He sits on a number of national committees and boards to drive this process agenda across all of ophthalmology and in the NHS more generally. His current research interests include the assessment of environmental impact of healthcare, and the creation and implementation of clinically helpful artificial intelligence solutions.


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Welcome and introduction

Mr Larry Benjamin, President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Nicholas Lee, Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Team retina - outpatient practice in north New Jersey, USA

Dr Nneka O Brooks, Vitreoretinal Surgeon

The French experience

Dr Thomas Desmettre, Retina Consultant

The Australian experience

Mr Aman Chandra, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon

The Moorfields experience

Mr Peter Thomas, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Director of Digital Medicine, Moorfields Eye Hospital

The potential for autonomous telemedicine in cataract surgery follow up

Dr Ernest Lim, Ophthalmology Specialist Trainee, North London Deanery

Panel dicussion

Mr Alexander Cunea, Consultant and Special Interest in Glaucoma

Close of meeting



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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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