This course will allow you to improve your understanding of Optical Coherence Tomography of the retina. The various modules and questions throughout will cover the significance of the individual layers with and without pathology on the retinal scans on both the Topcon Triton and Heidelberg machine platforms. The course will also cover the typical changes seen with diabetes and other non- DR pathologies, including vein occlusions, wet AMD, vitreo-retinal disorders and drug toxicity. Explanation and examples of the grading of OCT scans used within the London Diabetic Eye Screening protocol are also given. Finally you will have a chance to test your knowledge at the end of the modules.
Consultant Ophthalmologist & Clinical Lead, South East London Diabetic Screening Programme | St Thomas’ Hospital
Samantha Mann has been a consultant ophthalmologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital since 2009. She previously trained as a registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in North London following completion of an MD in the Phenotyping of Age-related Macular Degeneration whilst a clinical fellow at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Hospital. She is one of three medical retinal consultants leading a busy unit seeing and treating over 300 patients a week with conditions including diabetic retinopathy macular degeneration retinal vein occlusions genetic eye disease and central serous retinopathy. Over the past nine years she has developed a special interest in diabetes and diabetic eye screening at St Thomas’ and is the clinical lead for this service covering 100000 patients in the south east London region. She is constantly striving to improve the quality of the service further and has been actively involved in compiling the London OCT scanning protocol for use within diabetic eye screening surveillance pathways.
SELDESP - Specialist Surveillance Practitioner
I have been working in diabetic eye screening since 2014 having graduated from university. I started as a Screener/Grader in Oxford and now work as a Surveillance Practitioner for the South East London DESP. My current role concentrates on supporting the management of M1 patients in the OCT pathway and teaching current graders how to interpret OCT scans.
SELDESP - Surveillance Manager & Grading Lead
I have worked in Diabetic eye screening for over 13 years in various clinical and management roles, starting off as a trainee retinal screener in 2010. I currently hold the role as the South East London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (SELDESP) surveillance manager and the grading lead. As part of my role as surveillance manager, I am responsible for the operational management and leadership of the surveillance arm of the programme (which includes the, OCT, Slit lamp and Digital surveillance pathways); these pathways look after our lower risk, screen positive patients.
I am also responsible for the programmes grading operations and performance and lead on the programmes clinical training and education. This ties in well with my roles as a qualified assessor and Internal quality assurer for the Health Screening Diploma.
I’m particularly keen to build on quality improvement in eye screening to ensure that patients are receiving a safe, efficient and the best possible experience when attending their DESP appointments. I feel that good quality training, and guidance is key to learning from each other and providing safe and good quality care to the patients that attend our services.
Opthalmology IT Lead
Paul is currently working as a systems analyst within the ophthalmology deprtment at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ eye hospital since 2021. He has worked on projects with the imaging department, IT, Open Eyes and EPIC pathways. He previously worked as a Screening Team Leader in the South East London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and developed skills in diabetic grading to referral outcome grading level.
Specialist Surveillance Practitioner
SELDESP Team Leader
Senior Learning Technologist | King's Health Partners
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