HEFT DR Screener accreditation

New practices within the Programme

Any new practice wishing to apply to screen with the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country Programme MUST send a formal application in writing to the Programme Managers. Success of the application will depend upon the number of optometry practices in the vicinity, and patient uptake.

Accreditation for new screeners

Before being permitted to screen, screeners must complete the following:

  • Attend a Screener course at Heartlands.
  • Screen 5 patients within a clinic environment by attending a morning session at Heartlands Hospital Diabetes centre.
    This must be pre-arranged by contacting DR Screening Department on 0121 424 0105.
  • Provide a copy of an enhanced CRB to David Roy, Clinical Governance Manager.
  • Register for City and Guilds with the C&G co-ordinator Surjit Golar.
  • Contract must be updated with name of screener by Practice and letter sent to the Programme Manager.

Locum screeners

Please contact Programme Manager for details on contract.

The BBCDRSS scheme currently requires each screener to undertake 800 patient screens per annum.


The phone numbers and email contact details for the Programme Managers, Clinical Governance Manager and C&G co-ordinator are on the Contact Us page page.

Diabetic Retinopathy Training Department
Retinal Screening
Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre
Heart of England NHS Trust
Bordesley Green East
B9 5SS