In August 2015, elections were held for three vacant positions on BARS council and we are very pleased to announce that the three successful candidates (in no particular order) are as follows:
For the last six years, I have been working within the Plymouth Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, the first two years were as a consultant for the PCT stabilising and overseeing the successful running of the administration and in project managing the work of the IT department's 'live' networking across the optometry sites and working with Digital Healthcare to a very tight timeframe. Concurrently managing the City & Guilds training project across the patch. Latterly as the Failsafe Manager, I utilise my networking skills to get the best out of people and the tight budget, whilst ensuring the maintenance of quality standards, managing IT upgrades and mentoring/training administration staff. Relentless chasing of the Hospital Eye Services and resolving patient problems, leaving no stone unturned, assisting neighbouring programmes where possible. Previously as a PA to directors in multiple sector organisations I also have extensive experience in writing newsletters, features, press releases, organising events; cooked, cleaned and bottle washed to boot!
I have worked as a screener grader for the North Derbyshire screening service for 6 years. I am always looking for new ways to improve the way I work and have visited the South teams clinics to bring back new ideas to pass on to the team. I have attended the BARS and the Royal society of Medicine conference listening and taking on board what the speakers have to say. I have worked on the on line booking pilot scheme and put some positive ideas forward. I have presented audits to the North & South teams. I have put ideas forward to my supervisor regarding working on a one stop paediatric retinal screening clinic within the children's diabetic clinic to try and encourage a wider attendance. I really would find being a member of the BARS council really exciting and interesting and I feel I have the experience to share with others.
I am currently a screener/grader for the North of Tyne & Gateshead DESP. I have a great interest in diabetes as I've been a Type 1 diabetic for over 35 years. I am keen on promoting patient education about the management of diabetes and I feel like a role model with having the condition myself. I am also an assessor for the City & Guilds units and I am currently studying with the Open University doing an Undergraduate Cert of HE in Health Sciences to promote in patient care. I also submit articles to our screening programme quarterly newsletter bringing information and promoting ideas forward.
Cathy, Cheryl and Richard were introduced to BARS members at the 2015 AGM in Bristol on 24th September as part of the 2015 conference, and began a three year tenure on council.
BARS Council would like to extend our grateful thanks to all of those who put themselves forward as candidates, and those who took the trouble to vote. We look forward to working with our new council members over the coming years to support all of those working within diabetic eye screening.