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The 18th Annual BARS Conference

27th - 28th September 2018

Marriott Hotel City Centre,  Bristol


The 2018 BARS conference in Bristol was a great success, attended by approximately 230 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 2018 conference presentations, please click on the relevant link below.

Programme Management Meeting

Phil Gardner - Engaging Hard-to-Reach Patient Groups

Programme Management Group Work

Thursday Programme

NDESP Update - John Fox

Losing Sight - The Patient Experience - Leonie Watson (No visual presentation available but two blog posts which cover a lot of what Leonie spoke about):

Losing Sight

Regaining Sight

R2 Referral Refinement Pathway - Mr Hean Choon Chen (Clinical Lead Derbyshire DESP)

BARS AGM Chairman's Report - Phil Gardner

Should We Be Taking More Than 2 Images Per Eye? - Samantha Mann (South East London DESP)

Current Management of Diabetic Macular Oedema - Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson (Clinical Lead North & East Devon DESP)

Multi-Disciplinary Management of Patients with STDR - Dr Sunil Mamtora (Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust)

Friday Programme

BARS Education Update - Phil Gardner (BARS Chairman) Online version available here

Things Aren't Always Whats They Seem - Kate Powell (Bristol Eye Hospital)

Pit of Despair - Richard Bell (BARS Webmaster Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Trust)

Detached Retina - Isla Knight (North & East Devon DESP)

Non DR Referrals - Nick Barclay (Surrey DESP)

Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnancy - Miss Abosede Cole (Clinical Lead Bristol Eye Hospital) 

Screening for Diabetic Neuropathy Alongside Diabetic Retinopathy - Dr Mitra Tavakoli (Exeter University Medical School)

The Role of OCT in DR Screening - Fiona Heggie (DRS Service, Greater Glasgow & Clyde)

Wide-Field Confocal Imaging in DR Screening - Grant Duncan (Clinical Training Manager Haag-Streit Uk)

BERTIE Online: Education for People with Type 1 Diabetes - Dr Helen Partridge (Clinical Lead Royal Bournemouth NHS Trust)

Knowledge of HbA1c in Diabetic Eye Patients - Dr Duncan Leadbetter (Bristol Eye Hospital)

Increasing Access to Screening - Karen Bentley-Hollins (Senior QA Advisor, Public Health England)

Failsafe Forum

Failsafe - Zoe Tobin (BARS Secretary, Failsafe & Administration Co-ordinator West Sussex DESP)

The 2018 BARS Poster Competition

The three winning posters of the 2018 BARS 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 11 entries, it was difficult to pick out the individual winners.  The three posters can be viewed below by clicking on the relevant title. 

1st: Sarah Eells from Plymouth DESP

Diabetic Retinopathy R2 Referral Audit

2nd: Emma Davis and Jo Thompson from Bristol DESP

 Reaching More People - Update Success at an Inner City Surgery

3rd: Louise Batten from South East London DESP

AWOL - Factors Underlying Incomplete Screening Appointments

The 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Bristol.  With a total of 69 entries, the clinical category was won by Steve Pearson from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the artistic category was won by Peng Yong Sim from the Western Eye Hospital in London.  Both winners received a £350 Apple Store Voucher from Topcon GB Ltd who kindly sponsored the competition.  

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                           Photo by Steve Pearson                                                          Photo by Peng Yong Sim


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