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.
Please note that the current programme is subject to change and a final version of the 2017 BARS Conference Programme will be published here in due course.
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 17:00 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. To book your place on the SLB Workshop, please click the conference link below.
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 required. For more details please click here:»
A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 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 13:15 hrs.
A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs for conference attendees only. 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 required via the conference link below. More details to follow.
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.
For more details, please visit the conference page on the BARS website by clicking link below:
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 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.
Submissions are now invited for the 2017 BARS Conference in Leeds. If you would like to present a paper (10-15 minute presentation), poster (A0 portrait) or case study (5-7 minute presentation) at our annual conference, please fill in the application form and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2017.
In addition to voucher prizes of £100, £50 and £25, we are offering a very special prize to the winner of this year's poster competition. The winning poster will be submitted to the 2018 EASDec Meeting (www.easdec.org) and the abstract considered for publication in the European Journal of Ophthalmology. Members of BARS Council will assist the author(s) with this submission process, and will provide one free place at the 2018 EASDec Meeting in Belfast, including travel and accommodation. In order to be eligible for this prize, your poster should not be a single case study.
Those wishing to present a single case study are encouraged to do so by means of a 5-7 minute presentation which will form part of the main conference programme. These always prove very popular with the audience and are a great introduction for those who may be new to presenting at conference. We will be offering voucher prizes of £100, £50 and £25 for the best three case study presentations.
In addition, papers chosen for presentation at this year's conference will be considered for publication in the Diabetic Eye Journal.
(Please note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to edit application form. Alternatively, print off the form and send back via post or email)
Entries are now open for the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition, which has been kindly sponsored by Health Information Systems (UK) Limited. This year's competition has two categories: clinical and artistic - and the winner of each category will win a Samsung Galaxy 10.1" Tablet. Entry is FREE and open to anyone attending this year's BARS Conference in Leeds on 21st and 22nd September 2017. You can submit as many images as you like and all entries will be displayed at this year's conference. The closing date for entries is 7th September 2017. For FULL competition details, please click the link below to access the competition flyer.
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Photo by Jane Clayson Photo by Jo Wright
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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