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BARS Conference 2017

The 17th Annual BARS Conference

21st - 22nd September 2017

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Leeds

The 2017 BARS conference in Leeds was a great success, attended by approximately 220 delegates who enjoyed a range of high quality presentations by speakers from all over the country.  Many of the speakers have been kind enough to allow us to reproduce their presentations here in PDF format, so to download one of the 2017 conference presentations, please visit the conferences page by clicking here:» 

The BARS Council would like to thank all delegates who turned up for the conference.  It was lovely to see such a variety of people from all areas of diabetic eye screening.  We look forward to viewing and analysing all the feedback in order to make next year's conference a repeated success.  The 2018 BARS Conference will be held on the 27th - 28th September in the Marriott Hotel, Bristol.  Details will become available as soon as they have been finalised so watch this space!

In the meantime, for all you graders have you tried our 'R2 or Not?' challenge? 

The 'R2 or Not?' challenge can be found on the image galleries section of the website or by clicking here:»  It has been designed and set up by the BARS Council in order to explore what R2 is - or not - in terms of grading diabetic retinopathy images.  There are 3 sets of images which have been previously classified as R2, do you agree?  It is a monthly challenge and all results will be shown the following month when a new set of images will also appear.  All responses are anonymised and we hope this will help experienced graders and trainees in their decision making.  

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 Poster Design Competition 2017

The winner of the BARS Poster Design Competition 2017 was Lynsey Scott - Retinopathy Team Leader from NHS Fife.  The standard of entries received at this year's BARS Conference was extremely high.  Lynsey received £150 and accepted an all expeneses paid trip to next year's EASDec Conference.  To see the winning poster entry of 'Reaching Patients Who Do Not Attend Diabetic Retinopathy Screening', please click on the link below:


Anthony Vukic - Screener/Grader from Gloucestershire DESP won the second prize award of £100.  To see Anthony's poster design titled 'The incidence of Sight Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy is decreasing', please click on the link below:


Barbra Hamill - Image Grader from Northern Ireland DESP won the third prize award of £50. To see Barbra's poster design titled 'Disorganisation of the retinal inner layers (DRIL) in patients with Diabetic Macular Oedema', please click on the link below:



The 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Leeds.  Kim Lovell from North and East Devon DESP won the clinical category and Yee Ling Wong from NHS Tayside won the artistic category.  Kim and Yee Ling were each presented with a Samsung 10.1" Tablet by Steve Courtney, CEO of Health Information Systems Limited, who kindly sponsored the competition. 

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                             Photo by Kim Lovell                                                              Photo by Yee Ling Wong


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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