Accessing Retinal Images
From 1st May 2018, pages which feature retinal images will only be available to BARS members. Anyone navigating to one of these pages will be prompted to log in to the website using their registered e-mail address and password. Once logged in, you will be able to freely navigate all pages of the BARS website.
Pages affected by this change will include the monthly 'R2 or Not?' challenge and our image galleries of retinal images.
BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2019 BARS Conference will be held in the vibrant city of Liverpool at the Crowne Plaza Hotel City Centre, approx 1.0 mile (20 min walk) from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station. Access is also available via Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Bus services available between the airport and Liverpool City Centre. A special Saveaway day ticket available for use on any bus, rail or Cross-river ferry journeys. Please click here for full details of getting to and from the airport. Liverpool ONE Bus Station is approx. 0.6 mile (15 min walk) from the hotel.
The BARS 2019 Conference Programme is still in the process of being put together by the BARS Council. Full details are available by clicking here:
Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 26 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 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 26 September. This is only for delegates attending the main meeting. Registration for this meeting is required. Full details available here:
Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference and the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance at the BARS 2018 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference. This year BARS Council have got the support of Topcon UK Ltd and Haag-Streit UK Ltd which will showcase the Triton OCT camera and Eidon Wide-field confocal camera as well as 2 Slit-Lamps, which will benefit screener/graders looking to expand their educational knowledge with hands-on sessions. Registration for these workshops is required via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below. Full details available on the conferences page.
A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs. Entertainment to follow 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 hrs. A fee of £15 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 on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below. Details available soon.
CPD Points have been applied for with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Department. These will be beneficial for any ophthalmologists attending.
Last year, BARS Council once again took the decision to offer two FREE places at our annual conference for individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend. These bursaries were aimed at DESPs which have sent the fewest delegates to the BARS conference in recent years. Following on from the success of that, BARS Council are delighted to announce that these two bursaries will be on offer again this year for our conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool on the 26th and 27th September, opening it up to all BARS members.
If you wish to take advantage of this offer, you will need to nominate yourself by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, work email address and job title plus a brief explanation (100 words or less) on why you feel you should be awarded a bursary place. The closing date for nominations is FRIDAY 7th JUNE 2019.
If successful, you will be notified before the end of June and you must have your manager's permission to attend the two-day conference. In return, you will be asked to write a few words for the Diabetic Eye Journal (DEJ) about your experience. Good Luck!
BARS Council are pleased to announce that submissions are now invited for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool, kindly sponsored by Sense Medical Limited. Going forward from previous submissions, these have made very interesting talking points and allow information to be shared amongst the eye screening community.
If you would like to present a paper (10-15 minute presentation), poster (A0 portrait) or case study (5-7 minute presentation) at our annual conference, please download the application form from the BARS website and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2019. The application form can be found in the Resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.
This year we are offering a Nikon Digital SLR Camera for the best poster presented at conference plus runner-up prizes of £100 and £50. There will also be a prize of £100 on offer for the best case study presentation.
In addition, papers chosen for presentation at this year's conference will be considered for publication in the Diabetic Eye Journal.
Entry is now open for the 2019 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Topcon GB Ltd. Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Apple Store Voucher (£375) for each category up for grabs!
Entry is FREE, open to BARS members only and you do NOT have to attend the conference. Following on from feedback, there are changes to the rules. Full details of the competition can be found on the flyer in the Resources section of the website, along with the entry form by scrolling down the page. The Resources section is available on any page. Closing Date is 31st July. All photographs will be shown in the conference brochure.
Below are the two winners of the 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition.
Click on the image to open a larger version.
Photo by Steve Pearson Photo by Peng Yong Sim
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: