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BARS Conference 2016

The 16th Annual BARS Conference

22nd - 23rd September 2016

Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport

The 2016 BARS conference in Birmingham 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 2016 conference presentations, please click on the relevant link below.

(Note: If no link is present, we are still awaiting that presentation from the speaker.  Please check back soon.)

Programme Management Meeting

Projects of Excellence by Richard Cragg Programme Manager (Derby & Chesterfield DESP)

Thursday Programme

The Screening Intervals Project by John Fox (Project Manager, NDESP)

The New DES Qualification by Patrick Rankin (National Education & Training Manager, PHE Screening)

Case Study: Leap R3-Rapid Onset of Proliferative Retinopathy by Greg Marsh (NCL DESP)

Unassessable Images: A Recommendation to Do Less by Paul Hopkins & Howard Charlton (Lincolnshire DESP)

The Retinopathy Grading Tool by Nick Barclay (Surrey DESP - Virgin Care)

  • To complement Nick's presentation, Virgin Care have kindly offered to supply 250 grading tools free of charge to BARS members, on a first come, first served basis. To receive one of these, simply visit and fill in the online form to register your interest. As soon as the grading tools become available, you will be sent one free of charge.

IDEAS Trial - Incentives in Diabetic Eye Assessment by Screening by Dr Gaby Judah (Imperial College, London)

Case Study: Sclerochoroidal Calcification by Dr Andrew Brown (Staffordshire DESP)

Retinal Vascular Geometry: Novel Biomarkers of Progression from Diabetes to Diabetic Retinopathy by Georgios Leontidis (Marie Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher, University of Lincoln)

Friday Programme

Retinal Screening During Pregnancy - A Failsafe Coordinator's Perspective by Jo Unwin & Cress Darby (Birmingham Heartlands DESP)

DR - Where and What to Watch by Professor Paul Dodson (BARS President)

Case Study: HGV Driver on the Road with R3! by Dawn Groves (Oxfordshire DESP)

Case Study: Rod/Cone Dystrophy in Diabetes by Richard Bell (North of Tyne & Gateshead DESP)

Diabetic Retinopathy in Uganda by Clare Davey (Royal Free Hospital, London)

Diabetes - Living The Day To Day by Simon O'Neill (Diabetes UK)

Patient Experience - The Worthing Way by Alison Byatt & Zoe Tobin (West Sussex DESP)

Diabetes in the Child - Why Do I Need My Eyes Tested? by Professor Tim Barrett (Honorary Consultant, Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Birmingham Children's Hospital)

Eye Robot: Automated Diabetic Retinopathy Image Assessment by Grant Duncan (BARS Chairman)

The Scottish Experience by Mike Black (National DRS Coordinator, NHS Scotland)


The 2016 BARS/HISL Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2016 BARS/HISL Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Birmingham.  Jane Clayson from the Southampton DESP won the clinical category and Jo Wright from the Shrewsbury DESP won the artistic category.  Jane and Jo were each presented with an Apple iPad Mini 2 16GB by Steve Courtney, CEO of Health Information Systems Limited, who kindly sponsored the competition. 

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                       Photo by Jane Clayson                                                    Photo by Jo Wright

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