BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2017 BARS Conference will be held in Leeds at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 7-8 minutes walk from Leeds Central Station and around a 15-20 minute drive from the M621. Access is also available via Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Bars Council are still in the process of drafting the Conference Programme. Details will follow shortly.
Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 21 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Chairman's welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs
The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10 am to 12 pm on Thursday 21 September. This is only for delegates attending the main meeting. Registration for this meeting is required. More details to follow.
A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs. Disco for entertainment thereafter.
Day two will commence at 09:00 hrs and Conference will end at 13:15 hrs.
A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs for conference attendees only. This will last until 16:00 hours. A fee of £15.00 will be charged for those attending this meeting (includes a working sandwich lunch). There are 60 places available. Registration for this forum is required via the conference link below. More details to follow.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Dept/Professional Standards have awarded the meeting 7 CPD points - Category B. This will be beneficial for Medical staff attending.
For more details, please visit the conference page on the BARS website by clicking link below:
As part of our plans for 2017, BARS Council are looking to redesign the association's website at www.eyescreening.org.uk to give it a fresher, more modern feel. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 BARS Website Design Competition. Members are invited to submit a design for the main page of the website which could be used throughout the site. Our intention is to keep the current BARS logo, but to replace the header which has featured on the site since its creation, and make the whole website cleaner and more visually appealing.
We're offering an Apple iPad Mini 2 to the creator of the winning entry, and there may be further prizes if we choose to use elements from more than one entry. For full details, please click on the link below or visit the resources and lectures section of the website.
The two winners of the 2016 BARS/HISL Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Birmingham. Jane Clayson from the Southampton DESP won the clinical category and Jo Wright from the Shrewsbury DESP won the artistic category. Jane and Jo were each presented with an Apple iPad Mini 2 16GB by Steve Courtney, CEO of Health Information Systems Limited, who kindly sponsored the competition.
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Photo by Jane Clayson Photo by Jo Wright
At the beginning of this year, BARS Council proposed a change to the association's constitution to allow for the annual membership fee to be abolished. BARS members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this proposal, and following an Extraordinary General Meeting on 6th February 2015, the change has been approved. This means that from 1st April 2015, there has been no charge to become an active member of the British Association of Retinal Screening. For more information about this change, and to join BARS for free, please visit the Membership page.
BARS now has a Facebook page at: