Timetable for the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
and Grading Course

Day One

9.15 am

Registration and Introduction at the Lecture Theatre, Clinical Tutorial Centre

9.30 am - 12.30 pm - Session 1

"National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme principles, processes and protocols"

"Imaging the eye, right and wrong field definition, artefacts, poor image quality. The normal eye"

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm - Session 2

"Diabetes and diabetic retinopathy"

Grading: - "Red and white lesions of diabetic retinopathy"

Day Two

9.30 am - 12.30 pm - Session 3

"Anatomy and physiology and pathology of the eye; common eye diseases in screening"

Grading: - "Most common non-diabetes related diseases"

1.15 pm - 4.00 pm - Session 4

"Preparing patients for screening and measuring visual acuity; the screening environment, Importance of data and its management"

Grading: "Light and shadow: using red-free images"

Practical Training

We recommend that you attend the following:

  • Session 5: Clinic attendance at MEH or its outreaches, or medical retina clinics attached to your screening programme: Ophthalmic examination methods: Medical Retina Clinics
  • Session 6-7-8: Mydriasis; technology and digital imaging: Reading Material plus attendance at Mile End DR Screening or your own screening programme. Please have attendance signed off by your supervisor or at Mile End. This session is to prepare you for portfolio building for NVQ Unit 006 and aim to complete Practice file for Unit 006 of NVQ by the end of these sessions.

We offer you to attend a grading exam so you can familiarise yourself with the technique.

We can also offer help with the NVQs, both with the mentoring and the assessing, please indicate on the first day of the course if you require this.

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