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BARS Conference 2017

The 17th Annual BARS Conference

21st - 22nd September 2017

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Leeds

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2017 BARS Conference will be held in Leeds at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 7-8 minutes walk from Leeds Central Station and around a 15-20 minute drive from the M621.  Access is also available via Leeds Bradford International Airport.


Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 21 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 17:20 hrs

BARS Council is pleased to announce that we will be holding a series of Slit Lamp Workshops on the morning of Thursday 21st September for those attending the 2017 BARS Conference who may not wish to attend the Programme Management Meeting. Haag-Streit have kindly agreed to provide three slit lamps for use in these workshops, and the sessions will be led by BARS President, Professor Tunde Peto, alongside other members of council who between them have a wealth of experience in the field of SLB examination. The workshops will be interactive and educational, providing an opportunity for some hands-on training.

We will be holding three sessions and entry is free, but places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. You may only register for one session and the workshops are restricted to those attending the 2017 BARS Conference.  SLB Workshops are now FULLY BOOKED.

The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10.30 to 12pm on Thursday 21 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is now CLOSED.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:30 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Disco for entertainment thereafter.

Day two will commence at 09:00 hrs and Conference will end at 13:25 hrs.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 14:00 hrs.  This will last until 16:00 hours.  A fee of £15.00 will be charged for those attending this meeting (includes a working sandwich lunch). There are 60 places available.  Registration for this forum is now CLOSED.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Dept/Professional Standards have awarded the meeting 7 CPD points - Category B. This will be beneficial for Medical staff attending.

Registration for this year's BARS Conference in Leeds is now CLOSED.

For more details, please visit the conference page on the BARS website by clicking link below:


Shirley Burnett

BARS Council are sad to announce that Shirley Burnett has passed away after a short illness.
Shirley was a member of BARS' inaugural council and served as the Association's Chair from 2005 until 2007. During this time she was a key member of the expert reference group responsible for developing what was to become the City & Guilds Diploma in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. Shirley came from a nursing background and for many years managed a screening service in North London. On her retirement, Shirley was awarded a Life Membership of BARS, in recognition of her contribution to the Association.
Grant Duncan, former BARS Chair, who took over that role from Shirley said “I was very sad to receive this news about Shirley, she was a lovely lady who cared deeply about the profession and the people working within it. She was instrumental in securing an educational pathway for those involved in screening and, as a long term member of BARS council, worked tirelessly to raise the profile of diabetic eye screening in the UK”.

Our condolences are with Shirley's family and friends.

The BARS Website Design Competition 2017

The winner of the BARS Website Design Competition 2017 is Vicki Prior - Grading Manager/Senior ROG Grader from Health Intelligence, Cheshire.  The standard of entries was extremely high and the ideas expressed were beyond what we were expecting.  Vicki's design was clean, uncluttered and had a modern feel to it which will be easier to navigate around.  Vicki will be presented with an Apple iPad Mini 2 along with a free complimentary place at this year's BARS Conference in Leeds. BARS Council will be launching the new website at the conference where members will be able to experience the new design.  Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.

Call for Papers, Posters and Case Studies

Submissions are now CLOSED for the 2017 BARS Conference in Leeds. 

The 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition

Entries are now CLOSED for the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition, which has been kindly sponsored by Health Information Systems (UK) Limited.  

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                       Photo by Jane Clayson                                                    Photo by Jo Wright


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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