About this event

  • Date and time Mon 11 Apr 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

This is an on-demand recording of an in-person event. To attend this event in person, please click here.

This is an essential annual webinar 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 webinar 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

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This is a pre-recorded webinar that will be available three days after the live in-person event on Friday 8 April 2022, taking place at the RSM in London. You will be able to view the webinar whenever you like, up to 60 days from when it’s made available. Registered delegates will receive the link via email on Monday 11 April 2022 to watch this on-demand webinar. 

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, Programme Clinical Advisor, 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




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 60 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.