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BARS Conference 2016

The 16th Annual BARS Conference

22nd - 23rd September 2016

Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre

BARS Council is pleased to announce that the 2016 BARS Conference will be held in Birmingham at the Holiday Inn, just two minutes walk from New Street Station and a ten minute drive from the M6 motorway. This was the location for the 2014 conference, and proved so popular with delegates for its ease of access, facilities and the outstanding service we received from hotel staff, that we have decided to return this year.

The conference will begin at 1pm on Thursday 22nd September, and end at 1:15pm on Friday 23rd September. There will be a Programme Managers Meeting on the Thursday morning and a gala dinner and disco on the Thursday evening.

BARS Council is currently working hard to put together a diverse and interesting programme of speakers, and details will be published here over the coming weeks, along with a call for papers and posters, and details of this year's BARS photography competition.

Online registration will open in the spring, and a special discounted conference hotel package will be available. BARS members will be notified by e-mail when registration opens, so if you have not yet joined the association, visit the Membership page to join us now for free.

The 2015 BARS / HISL Photography Competition

Congratulations to the two winners of the 2015 BARS/HISL Photography Competition! Richard Bell from the North of Tyne & Gateshead DESP won the Clinical category and Stacey Barbaccia from the Birmingham, Solihull & the Black Country DESP won the Artistic category. Richard and Stacey were each presented with an Apple iPad Mini 16GB at the 2015 conference by Steve Courtney, CEO of Health Information Systems Ltd who kindly sponsored the competition.

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                      Photo by Richard Bell                                           Photo by Stacey Barbaccia


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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Screening Animation

BARS and Bristol Community Health commissioned a short animation that screening programmes can use to educate their patients or use as an advert on GP video systems about the screening process.  If programmes would like to use the animation please contact BARS council on webadmin@eyescreening.org.uk

BARS council would like to say a special thank you to Kate Broadhurst, the artist who spent many hours creating the animation.