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Fascinating insights and entertaining performances at first national diabetic eye screening networking day

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The first NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme national networking day enabled people from across the world of diabetic eye screening to network with colleagues and get operational updates from the national programme team.

The morning session included updates from:

  • national programme manager Patrick Rankin
  • national grading lead Shelley Widdowson
  • national IT lead Andrea Hewins
  • senior implementation lead John Fox
  • Sue Cobbold and Madeleine Johnson from the screening quality assurance service
National grading lead Shelley Widdowson addresses the inaugural national diabetic eye screening networking day
National grading lead Shelley Widdowson addresses the inaugural national diabetic eye screening networking day

The afternoon session began with Dr Sadhana Kulkarni and Tinu Fakoya from the local West Hertfordshire screening programme. They presented a very entertaining overview of a play they wrote, produced and acted in that outlines the journey of a character called Tintin who refuses to connect with his diabetes care.

The play was broadcast in the conference hall over lunch and the video is available to watch on YouTube.

National programme clinical lead Professor Peter Scanlon then provided a fascinating insight into the past, present and future of diabetic eye screening, with some exciting potential changes to come in the future.

Luke Rollin, screening and immunisation coordinator from South Yorkshire, gave the final talk of the day.  He explained what screening and immunisation coordinators do and how they help local programmes deliver diabetic eye screening.

Feedback from the event has been excellent, with the exception of some interruptions due to building work next door!

We are planning to run another such event around the same time next year.

Save the date

Don’t forget to save the date of Friday 20 April 2018 for the annual Royal Society of Medicine/NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme conference.

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