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 sponsor Bausch & Lomb for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.


Standard pricing available until 20 April 2023.

10 x student bursary places are available for this meeting. Please send your request to ophthalmology@rsm.ac.uk


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£96.00 £57.00 £57.00 £57.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£176.00 £105.00 £105.00 £55.00

Key speakers

Professor Partha Kar

National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, NHS England and Co-Author, The National Diabetes GIRFT Report


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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 1: National news

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

To be confirmed

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

The national programme update

Patrick Rankin, National Training and Education Manager Adult Screening Programme, Public Health England

Creating change: It’s not supposed to be easy

Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, NHS England and Co-Author, The National Diabetes GIRFT Report

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: The patient

Chair: 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

Living with Diabetes for over 50 years: Trials and tribulations

Dr Kieran Walsh, Patient Representative and Former Diabetes Specialist, Lagan Valley Hospital

To be confirmed
Diabetic eye disease and diabetologists: Past, present and future

Dr Gerry Tan, Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Session 3: Looking backwards and forwards

Chair: Professor Peter Scanlon

Diabetic retinopathy screening at Stoke Mandeville Hospital: 1978 to present day - from analogue to digital

Mr Larry Benjamin, Retired Consultant Ophthalmologist, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Immediate Past President, Ophthalmology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Virtual eye clinics and automated analysis

Mr Luke Nicholson, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Director, Medical Retina Service, 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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