Announcements - BARS

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 Conference 2019

The 19th Annual BARS Conference

26th - 27th September 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

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 will follow as soon as they become available.

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 to follow.

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.  BARS Council are still in the process of putting together a range of Workshops which will benefit screener/graders looking to expand their educational knowledge with hands-on sessions.  Details to follow.

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.

Registration for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool will open January 7th! 

The 2018 BARS Poster Competition

The three winning posters of the 2018 BARS Poster Competition were announced at this year's conference in Bristol with the winners each receiving Amazon vouchers.  The standard and content exceeded expectations and with a total of 11 entries, it was difficult to pick out the individual winners.  The three posters can be viewed below by clicking on the relevant title. 

1st: Sarah Eells from Plymouth DESP

Diabetic Retinopathy R2 Referral Audit

2nd: Emma Davis and Jo Thompson from Bristol DESP

 Reaching More People - Update Success at an Inner City Surgery

3rd: Louise Batten from South East London DESP

AWOL - Factors Underlying Incomplete Screening Appointments

The 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Bristol.  With a total of 69 entries, the clinical category was won by Steve Pearson from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the artistic category was won by Peng Yong Sim from the Western Eye Hospital in London.  Both winners received a £350 Apple Store Voucher from Topcon GB Ltd who kindly sponsored the competition.  

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                           Photo by Steve Pearson                                                          Photo by Peng Yong Sim


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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