About this event

  • Date and time Fri 19 Apr 2024 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

Join us for our annual conference, an essential meeting for anyone involved in diabetic eye screening since it provides insight into past, current and future changes. Hear 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, Carl Zeiss Ltd, Heidelberg Engineering Ltd, InHealth Intelligence, Mainline Instruments, NEC Software Solutions, Optos, Scope, Sense Medical Limited, Thea Pharmaceuticals and Topcon Healthcare 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

Dr Janaka Karalliedde

Clinical Reader in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, King's College London and Consultant in Diabetes, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital London

Speaker's biography

Dr Janaka Karalliedde is a Clinical Reader in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in the  School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, King's College London, and a consultant physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, UK.


He graduated with a distinction in medicine from the University of London and was awarded a MRC training fellowship and PhD for his research on  cardiovascular and renal disease in diabetes. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and chapters on the subject of diabetic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease and frequently lectures on this topic at national and international meetings. 


Dr Karalliedde is an active clinician, with expertise in managing patients with diabetes related vascular complications and he runs specialist clinics for patients with diabetic kidney and cardiovascular complications at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital.  

Mrs Samantha Mann

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Samantha Mann has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital since 2009.   


Over the past fourteen years, Samantha has developed a special interest in Diabetic Eye Screening and is the Clinical Lead for the South East London Programme with over 120,000 patients living with diabetes. The Programme covers patients with high levels of ethnic diversity and deprivation and regularly sees advanced levels of pathology, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic .  


She is constantly striving to improve the quality of the service further and has been actively involved in compiling the London OCT scanning protocol for use within diabetic eye screening surveillance pathways. Additionally she is a peer reviewer for the National Screening Programme and sits on the London board for Adult Screening for Diabetic Eye. Additionally she has helped to set up the semi-virtual diabetic clinic at St Thomas’ to reduce the backlog of patients waiting to be seen for their diabetes eye check.  


She has also published a range of articles on age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and eye screening in pregnancy and developed a video called ‘Danny’s Story’ which tells the story of a young male with diabetes blinded through failure to attend his diabetic screening appointments. Her latest project has been creating a video telling the story of three people living with diabetes and their experience of retinal laser treatment.   


She has also co-organised a laser course at St Thomas’ and is part of the simulation laser faculty for ophthalmic trainees across London. She also pioneered a diabetic retinopathy in pregnancy  workshop teaching specialist midwives and has presented at a number of conferences including EURETINA, BARS, The Diabetic Retinopathy Congress at the RSM and EASDEC and is the currently elected present of the British Association of Retinal Screeners. 

Miss Abosede Cole

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bristol Eye Hospital and Clinical Lead, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire DESP

Speaker's biography

Abosede Cole has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital since 2010 with a sub-speciality interest in medical retina disorders. She is also the Clinical Lead for the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.  


She is actively involved in teaching and mentoring and is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bristol. She has been a peer reviewer for the National Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and Clinical Lead at Bristol Eye Hospital.  


She has a considerable involvement in clinical research into retinal disorders and is principal investigator for a number of multicentre clinical trials chiefly concerning diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.   



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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introductions

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 (DESP) and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Gloucestershire and Oxford Eye Units

Session 1: National news

Chair: Professor Peter Scanlon

The national programme update

Kate Jordan, Senior Programme Manager, Vaccination and Screening Directorate, NHS England

Biennial diabetic retinopathy screening

Professor Peter Scanlon

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: The patient

Chair: Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Queen's University Belfast and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Living with diabetes and sight loss - The challenges and hopes for the future

Mrs Bernadette Warren, Patient Representative

Keynote Speaker - Retinal laser: What is it all about?

Mrs Samantha Mann, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

"Ask me not what's the matter with me but what matters to me?" - A holistic views to supporting patients with diabetes

Ms Jayshree Vasani, Eye Care Professional, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) and Founding member, BAME Vision Group

Panel discussion

Session 3: Looking backwards and forwards

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

Keynote Speaker - Type 1 diabetes related eye and kidney disease: The role of heritage

Dr Janaka Karalliedde, Clinical Reader in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, King's College London and Consultant in Diabetes, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital London

Tea and coffee break
Keynote Speaker - What's new in diabetic macular oedema treatment? Real world outcomes of Faricimab in patients with diabetic macular oedema

Miss Abosede Cole, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bristol Eye Hospital and Clinical Lead, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire DESP

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Miss Evelyn Mensah

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 18 April 2024. 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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