BARS is run by an elected council of volunteers who are drawn from a range of roles within the field of diabetic eye screening. Profiles of our current council members are listed below. If you wish to contact us, please use the contacts page » and your message will be forwarded on to the appropriate person.
Mrs. Samantha Mann has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital for 13 years. Her early career was spent in South London teaching hospitals before studying for an MD into AMD. She then spent a further three years at Moorfield's.
She is currently the Clinical Lead for the South East London DESP with over 110,000 patients. She has co-developed the OCT pathway within SELDESP and been involved setting up pathways for anti-VEGF treatment in the hospital Eye Service. She has also been involved in the production of the video ‘Danny's story' and research into non-attendance at Eye Screening. In addition she has been involved in research into Retinal Vein Occlusions and biomarkers for wet AMD
I have been part of BARS Council since 2005 as Admin Co-ordinator. This role involves supporting Council in the organisation of our conferences and other educational events.
I started with NHS Tayside in 1979 as a Medical Secretary in Ophthalmology and then General Medicine. I have been Ophthalmology Information Manager in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee since 2000. Aside from BARS, I also run the Scottish Ophthalmological Club Meetings.
My dad was a Type 1 diabetic for 62 years so I feel that being involved in BARS I am able to give something back for the great care and attention my dad was given by all healthcare professionals over the years.
I am a senior medical photographer and ophthalmic photography research co-ordinator based at the Newcastle Eye Centre within the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. Previous to that I was a screener/grader for the North of Tyne & Gateshead DESP. I have a great interest in diabetes as I've been a Type 1 diabetic for over 42 years. I'm keen on promoting patient education about the management of diabetes and clinical research. I feel like a role model, having the condition myself. I've completed an Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences to promote patient care with the Open University, and in March 2019 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Photography at Cardiff University. I have recently completed the University Diploma in OCT Interpretation course run by the Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG) in association with University of Gloucester. I am delighted to be on the BARS Council serving as Webmaster since 2015 and more recently been elected as Co Chair in March 2021.
I have worked in the NHS since 1999 when I joined Poole Hospital NHS Trust as a medical photographer. I was the student representative on the Insititute of Medical Illustrators whilst studying for my BSc in Medical Illustration which I gained in 2006. I started work for the Dorset Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in 2004 and have worked my way up to Senior Grader. I am a member of the National Grading College. I also serve on the DR NET steering group where I have been involved in developing an international online learning course about how to set up a DR screening programme which has won several awards. I currently work part-time in my role at Dorset and am also a Quality Assurance Advisor for SQAS part-time, covering DES and AAA screening. I have been a member of BARS council since 2018 and became co-Chair in 2021. I am passionate about sharing learning and good practice.
I am employed in NHS Fife's Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) Service as Team Leader. I started with Fife DRS at its inception in 2006 and have worked in the roles of Photographer, Level 2 Grader, Slit Lamp Examiner, OCT Scan Reader and now Team Leader.
I completed my Diploma in Retinopathy Screening in 2010 and am currently halfway through studying for a Health Science degree with the Open University. I am passionate about providing the best patient care, the continuing education and development of staff and reaching those patients who disengage from screening.
Zoe has worked for the West Sussex DESP since August 2008, starting off as an Administrator and progressing to Failsafe Officer. Zoe is now the Failsafe & Administration Co-ordinator and enjoys the varied challenges that this role brings. Zoe has played a huge part in improving patient experience; this includes the Nursing Home Assessment Forum (NHAF).
Zoe is passionate about Failsafe within Diabetic Eye Screening and hopes to bring this enthusiasm to the Failsafe Forums.
Zoe has been on the BARS Council as Secretary since September 2016.
I am a Diabetic Retinopathy Nurse Specialist, currently working in the Ophthalmology department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. I am a registered nurse and also completed the Diploma in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in 2010.
My roles include:
Supporting the clinical lead of the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight DESP with ROG, Arbitration and DS grading; Running a new referral clinic for R1M1 patients referred into HES from the screening programme; Grading and care plan of patients attending a digital image & OCT follow-up clinic in HES.
I currently line manage and support a Diabetic Retinopathy Practitioner and an embedded Diabetic Retinopathy failsafe officer.
January 2016 I began my training and competencies to become the first intravitreal nurse injector in the Ophthalmology department. I now support one stop clinics for DMO, AMD and also have my own injection lists. We have now employed two more trainee nurse injectors who I will also be line managing and supporting.
I have always been a very visual person and cannot imagine a world without sight. My fascination in the visual world led me to study Television and Video Technology at Kingston University from where I graduated with BSc Hons in 2013.
Until 2016, I freelanced as a photographer/videographer and did extensive events based work. In November 2016, I became a screener at South West London DESP and quickly progressed to screener grader. I've recently moved to the South East London DESP where I'm currently a primary and secondary grader and have ambitions to progress into a senior screener grader position. I take great pride in my work and the part I play in preventing sight loss.
I am honoured to be part of the BARS council and looking forward to leading on the photography and videography at conferences/events along with assisting with the website and journal.
My Failsafe journey started in 2017 at South West London DESP where I worked my way up to Failsafe Coordinator. I am now currently working as a Failsafe Supervisor for South East London DESP since 2019.
Since having the extensive knowledge and experience in Failsafe as well as attaining my health screening and grading diploma, I was asked to consult on other DESP failsafe departments to implement my process. I feel it is vital to have an all-round understanding of what each department does. I hope to one day move in the direction of Quality Assurance.
I absolutely love what I do because I am passionate about patient safety and the role I play in DESP. I am honoured to have been elected to be a part of the BARS council and I look forward to shining a light on the importance of admin and failsafe in the prevention of sight loss.
I have recently joined the South Tees programme as a Screener-Grader. Previously, I worked for a number of years in the Sheffield service, also as a Screener-Grader. I have experience of grading at Primary and Secondary levels and training staff in clinical practices and grading procedures. I have also been involved with engagement and outreach work in local communities to promote and encourage uptake of screening. I am a registered Professional Clinical Advisor with Public Health England and participate in Quality Assurance visits. It is a privilege to serve on BARS council to highlight the vital work screening services perform.
I am recently new to the world of eyes as a trainee medical photographer in the ophthalmology department at the RVI in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am very passionate about my job and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the different eye conditions, how to photograph them and how patients can manage their conditions effectively.
I have a bachelor's degree in Photography and have recently enrolled onto a post graduate certificate in clinical photography at Cardiff University. I am looking forward to my studies alongside developing my career and knowledge within ophthalmology to ensure patients get the best care possible.
Currently I am an ophthalmic staff Nurse working within the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre for five years. Working within the accident and emergency department, we do see many people with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and non proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
As a result of my interest, I have completed in 2020 & 2022 certificates in diabetes eye care and age related macular degeneration and OCT with the Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG). I have developed a keen interest in retinal screening and I am looking to be taking on the Health Screeners Certificate for DRS. I have been a nurse for 25 years and do possess both a Masters and a Bachelor degree respectively. I am very passionate about ophthalmology. Looking forward to serving on the council.
Having graduated from Birmingham City University in 2010 with a degree in Visual Communication, I jumped straight into a role as a Screener/Grader for the Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country DESP in which I remained for 10 years. During my time working within the screening programme,
I was a member of the Grader College for several years and a part of the promotion group for the DESP, which meant I designed and created a lot of the promotional and educational material and leaflets. I've also had a fair amount of success in entering the BARS Photo Competition Artistic Category!
I now work as a Remote Grader for Medica, Ireland and I am extremely happy to continue my design work within the BARS organisation.