About this event

  • Date and time Fri 21 Apr 2023 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

This is an essential conference for anyone involved in diabetic eye screening since it provides insight into past, current and future changes. There will be key updates direct from the National Programme team with an opportunity to question them directly.

There will be expert insight and best shared practice which will enable all attendees to implement changes to their own programme which will benefit patients; particularly those in marginalised and diverse populations.

Our keynote speakers are world authorities and will provide expert insight on innovation as well as the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and will explain how they were able to overcome the challenges associated with the management of diabetes. 

The primary aims of the meeting include: 

  • Outlining the current national updates pertaining to diabetic eye screening. 
  • Discussing the role of innovation and share best practice examples. 
  • Understanding the psychosocial aspects of diabetes. 


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We would like to thank our sponsors Bausch & Lomb, EyeCheckup, NEC Software Solutions UK, Roche, Scope Eyecare, Sense Medical, Topcon Healthcare and ZEISS for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

Key speakers

Professor Partha Kar

Consultant, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


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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 Lead and Advisor, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Gloucestershire and Oxford Eye Units

Session 1: National news

Chair: Professor Peter Scanlon

The national programme update

Mr Patrick Rankin, National Programme Manager, Diabetic Eye Screening, NHS England and Operations and Professor Peter Scanlon

Creating change: It’s not supposed to be easy

Professor Partha Kar, Consultant, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: The patient

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

Trials, tribulations and triumphs: Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr Kieran Walshe, Diabetes Specialist Physician, Lagan Valley Hospital

Capturing vision function data from smartphone video games

Dr Stephanie Campbell, Founder, OKKO Health

Diabetic eye disease and diabetologists: Past, present and future

Dr Garry Tan, Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Regional Diabetes Clinical Lead, NHS England South East

Panel discussion

Session 3: Looking backwards and forwards

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Diabetic Retinopathy screening at Stoke Mandeville Hospital 1978 to present day – analogue to digital

Mr Larry Benjamin, Retired Consultant Ophthalmologist, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Virtual eye clinics and automated analysis

Mr Luke Nicholson, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Discussion and summary
Close of meeting


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


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 20 April 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

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

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