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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 BARS Conference 2024 will be held in the vibrant and colourful city of Liverpool, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, approx. 22 mins walk from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station and approx. 13 mins walks from Liverpool One Bus Station. Access is also available via John Lennon Airport.
The BARS 2024 Conference Programme is still in development.
Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 26 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Co-chairs welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs
The Programme Management and Administration Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 26 September. This will be delivered by NHS England and title TBC. This is only for delegates attending the main meeting. Registration for this meeting is required. Full details available soon.
Educational Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops, the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance and the OCT workshops from previous years, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference. This year BARS Council will be holding Slit Lamp and OCT/wide-field imaging workshops. These are split so people can choose which workshop they would like to attend. You can of course book both types. Registration for these workshops is required for delegates attending the conference via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below. There will be 2 sessions running from 10 am - 11 am and 11 am - 12 noon. The cost of these workshops are £25 pp per workshop. There are 21 places available per session.
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 13:00 hrs.
Important Information: BARS works hard each year to try and negotiate good deals so that people can attend our conferences. The money charged each year goes towards maintaining the website along with providing teaching/educational material such as the BARS Administration Certificate. As part of BARS commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we will NOT be providing any printed conference agenda/programme, worksheets or supplying lanyard badges. You must bring your work I.D. badges to wear throughout the conference. The agenda/programme will be available in PDF format from our website. The BARS Social Media Editor (Kamran Rajaby) will be taking photographs during the conference and may be used on our website or in our social media channels.
BARS Pin Badges
The BARS Pin Badges will be available again this year at the BARS Conference in Bristol to purchase. They cost £5 and the proceeds will go to the Medical Detection Dogs Society. Purchases can only be made with CASH as we are unable to do contactless/card payments.
The three winning posters of the 2023 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd 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 21 entries, it was difficult to pick out the individual winners. The three posters can be viewed below by clicking the relevant title.
1st: E McBride, J Harmon, S McMahon, E Crealey & J Lawton (NEC Care - Ireland)
2nd: L Batton & L Manili (South East London DESP)
3rd: J harmon & S Mcmahon (NEC Care - Ireland)
Entry is now open for the 2024 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Mainline Instruments Ltd. Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Amazon voucher (£100) for each category up for grabs. The runners-up will receive an Amazon voucher (£50) for each category and all winners/runners-up will get a certificate. The competition follows the same format as last year. Entry is FREE and all images will be displayed digitally so no need for prints. Full details of the competition and entry form can be found in the 'Resources' section of the website by scrolling down the page. The closing date is September 1st.
Below are the winners from each category from 2023.
Click on the image to open a larger version.
Photo by Bartholomew Entire Photo by Ayodeji Dada
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.