Training Courses Overview

Heart of England Diabetic Retinopathy Department Training is listed on the NDESP website; we have been providing training since 2005, and have developed into the largest training provider. We welcome staff from all over the UK and Ireland, and also overseas candidates.

We have a seminar room and a grading lab with sufficient workstations to train up to 30 at a time. All trainers are either clinicians or senior staff with many years experience up to ROG level.

Of course with the development of the profession the provision of training also changes, so we aim to ensure our courses keep up to date with current trends so that all those who attend are aware of the latest developments.

For enquiries about courses we provide please contact:
diabetic.retinopathy.training@heartofengland.nhs.uk

To discuss DR training needs specifically for your Programme either in UK or overseas please contact:
Karen Whitehouse Training Manager

You can use the booking form to reserve a place, or alternatively send a message via the Contact Us page. Please supply a full invoice address and we will email you back to confirm your booking.

Please note your space is only confirmed once we have received the invoicing address and Purchase Order number.


For instructions on how to get to Heartlands Hospital and where to stay, see


Our Courses

Screener Training

NON-BIRMINGHAM DELEGATES – 5 OR MORE DELEGATES ARE REQUIRED £250 for 2 days

BIRMINGHAM DELEGATES – YOU MUST CONTACT PAUL GALSWORTHY (see contact page) RE: VIABILITY OF SCREENER SERVICE PROVISION WITHIN YOUR AREA BEFORE TRAINING CAN BE APPROVED

This theory – based training course is a two day programme, and incorporates modules that will be very useful to staff who will be undertaking screening and triage and NO GRADING of the patient, including visual history, the progress of Diabetic Retinopathy, and lesion identification.

Registration: 9.00  (ACCESS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THIS TIME)


Introduction to Diabetic Retinopathy Grading
– £600 for 5 days or £550 for 4 days

This is our most popular and established course, as it provides the candidate with in depth training on Diabetic Retinopathy grading, with lectures including: workshop, future prospects for diabetes, mydriasis, the National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme, the patient’s perspective, how to grade, other eye disease encountered in retinal screening, and quizzes to assess the candidate’s progress throughout.

This course is run as a 5 day course (Monday – Friday) for Retinal Screeners, Admin, Programme Managers, nursing staff etc.

Optometrists/clinicians undertake the 4 day course which runs at the same time (Tuesday – Friday). This is aimed at applicants who have more knowledge of retinal disease and anatomy.

Registration: 9:00 on your first day.  (ACCESS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THIS TIME)


Advanced Diabetic Retinopathy Grading – £350 for 3 days

Graders, Senior Graders and Arbitrators / Tertiary Graders.

This three day course is a natural progression from the Grading course, and is aimed at graders who wish to further their knowledge of Diabetic Retinopathy grading, or are ready to undertake arbitration grading. This course is also extremely useful for clinicians who are involved in Referral Outcome grading. It is clinically biased and includes a number of quizzes, interactive grading, discussions and case scenarios. There will be plenty of time for discussion around issues that affect our daily workload – and we welcome debate!

This course is useful for all graders who are passionate about delivering the best care to the patient.

This course is CPD Approved awarded by the Royal College of Physicians

Registration: 9.30  (ACCESS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THIS TIME)


OCT Interpretation for DR Graders – £220 for 2 days

Optical Coherence Tomography is becoming more intrinsic in the screening of patients with Diabetes as an additional method of diagnosis to establish pathology more accurately and therefore determine referral outcome. There is limited training on this speciality nationally, therefore a module has been developed to provide a two day programme. The course is for Diabetic Retinopathy Screeners and Graders, where it is envisaged that these staff may be required to capture and interpret results of OCT.

PLEASE NOTE: due to clinical commitments, this course is postponed at present

Registration: 9.30  (ACCESS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THIS TIME)


Clinical Leads Programme – £150 for 2 days

We request that you bring a laptop along for the course

This two day programme for Diabetic Eye Screening clinical leads is invaluable for all who are involved with the clinical outcomes and daily encounters that arise within Diabetic Eye Screening. We explore the challenges of the leadership role through small group work and discussion and there are opportunities to network with peers and discuss specific concerns.

This course is CPD Approved awarded by the Royal College of Physicians

Day 1 9.30 registration, 5.00 close.
Day 2 9.20 start, 4.00 close.

Course outline and dates to be confirmed by PHE


Overseas Development

Professor Dodson heads our Overseas Development, and we have undertaken training in Ethiopia and Singapore. We have also trained staff from New Mexico USA, Jersey and UAE. If you are interested in the provision of staff training either onsite or within the DR department in Heart of England, please send a message via the Contact Us page.