Information about updates to the level 3 diploma for health screeners working in the NHS diabetic eye screening programme.
Patrick has been working in screening since 2011, as a screening co-ordinator of a local AAA screening programme. He then became a regional quality assurance manager for the North region and subsequently national education and training manager for the young person and adult screening programmes. In 2017 he was appointed national programme manager of the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme. His background was as a principal clinical vascular scientist and he worked across an number of hospitals in the Greater Manchester area.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his extended family, socialising with friends, going to the gym and walking in the peak district.
The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is again joining forces with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to hold the fifth national diabetic eye screening conference on Friday 20 April.
The inaugural NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme 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.
From 31 March 2018, Health Education England funding will no longer be available to support screening staff to complete or start the certificate of assessing vocational achievement qualification.
Twenty-seven local diabetic eye screening programmes are using the national GP2DRS IT system to extract details of their cohort of patients from GP practice systems. The total number of patients now being extracted using the system has passed 1 million.
The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening (DES) Programme helps prevent sight loss in people with diabetes. Screening can detect diabetic retinopathy early, when treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage from the condition.
Last year, PHE Screening launched the level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners for non-professionally regulated staff working in the diabetic eye and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programmes.
The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme helps prevent sight loss in people with diabetes. Screening can detect diabetic retinopathy early, when treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage from the condition.
The role of the screening technician in measuring the diameter of the aorta is essential to the success of the NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme.
Nearly 300 staff from local screening services attended the recent half-day update sessions to support the implementation of the new Level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners qualification.