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BARS Conference 2017

The 17th Annual BARS Conference

21st - 22nd September 2017

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Leeds

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.

Registration for this year's BARS Conference in Leeds is now OPEN!

For more details, please visit the conference page on the BARS website by clicking link below:



The BARS Education Survey - March 2017

BARS is currently exploring the development of a new nationally recognised qualification that would aid career progression within the field of diabetic eye screening, and build on the Level 3 Diploma that already exists.

To properly scope this project, we're keen to understand the needs of screening staff so that we can develop a qualification that meets those needs and will prove useful and relevant.

With that in mind, we have put together a short survey to enable us to gather the information we require. If you currently work in diabetic eye screening, we would be very grateful if you could spare a few moments to complete this survey, which is completely anonymous and should take less than five minutes. Click on the link below, and many thanks for your help.


The BARS Website Design Competition 2017

The competition has now closed and the results will be announced shortly.  BARS Council would like to thank all those who entered the competition.

The 2016 BARS/HISL Photography Competition

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


You can now join BARS for free!

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.


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