Workforce, training and education
East of England

Below are a series of extra courses / external meetings that are on offer. 

If you know of any more that would interest our trainees then please let me know (Narman Puvanachandra, TPD)

A.R.V.O. Apr 29th - May 3rd 2018 Honolulu
RCOphth Annual Congress May 21-24th 2018 Liverpool

Further details here.

BOPSS (Oculoplastics) Jun 13-15th 2018 Dublin

BOPPS annual meeting details here.

ARCP June 22nd 2018 Fulbourn, Cambridge

Portfolios need to be complete by 5th June to allow Board of Ophthalmology to undertake portfolio review on 6th

Oxford Ophthalmological Congress Jul 2-4th 2018 Oxford

Detail of the annual meeting are here.

BIPOSA (Paeds / Strab) Oct 3-5th 2018 Manchester

Details of annual meeting are here.

Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network (OTRN) Think Tank Meeting 3rd Oct 2018 RCOphth

Rupert Bourne is coordinating so email him if interested in representing the East of England


Ophthalmology Trainee Research Networks (OTRNs)

3rd Think-Tank Meeting

3 October 2018



 Royal College of Ophthalmologists 09:45-5pm


Royal Society of Medicine evening reception 6:30-10pm


Chaired by Professor Rupert Bourne, National Specialty Lead for Ophthalmology (NIHR CRN) & Mrs Deepali Varma (Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Regional lead for North East and Cumbria.


2018 Themes:

Progress with existing successful Trainee networks around the UK with examples

Setting up new trainee networks inside the UK but also with invited European delegations from Italy, Germany, France and Finland

Getting started program for trainees and their consultants who are new to NIHR portfolio studies and who wish to develop their research question

Dragon’s Den- come and present your research ideas to experts and get constructive feedback on research design, methodology, statistics, patient and public involvement.


There is a symposium during the day at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Delegates are invited to attend a networking social event in the evening with guest speakers, to which other dignitaries in the field will be invited.


Daytime Symposium: Royal College of Ophthalmologists 10-5pm

[no charge but requires reservation]


9:00-9:30 Registration and coffee


Part 1: 9:45-11:30 Support for OTRNs in the UK

  1. College welcome by President of RCOPhth and review of OTRN coverage in UK
  2. Central support of OTRNs (eg. RCOphth, NIHR, funding, website, industry educational grants)
  3. Regional support of OTRNs (eg. HEI, RDS, Head of School, BRC)
  4. Novel methods to boost support and make OTRNs sustainable (aka RCSurgeons approach: Guest Speaker)


11:30-11:45 Coffee & networking


Part 2: 11:45-12:45 OTRNs in action [4 examples following standardised slide set]

            Examples of existing OTRNs and those funded with FfS/RCOphth grant: lessons learned and guidance for regions that are planning/have nascent OTRNs


Part 3: 12:45-13:30  International experience- 2 guest speakers and Italian/French/Finnish/German trainees


13:30-14:00: Lunch (6x 10 minutes sessions available to be reserved with Research Design Service)


Part 4: 14:00-15:30: The signposts to getting research started

Framing the research question

How to Review the literature

Study design

What funders are looking for

What makes a good research proposal/ grant application

[Guest speakers: Research Design Service NIHR, NIHR Ophthalmology statisticians, Grant Assessment Panel members, PPI]


15:30-15:45: Coffee


Part 5: 15:45-16:50: Dragon’s Den

Pitching new research studies to an expert panel


16:50-17:00: Prize-giving for best pitch(es)


Evening Reception & buffet dinner: Celebrating Ophthalmology Trainee Research Networks and Getting Involved:  Royal Society of Medicine 6:30-10pm.

[no charge but requires reservation: all of daytime symposium attendees invited in addition to those who cannot make the daytime event]


Guest Speakers:

Successes of Trainee Research Networks outside Ophthalmology

The UK’s biggest charitable research funder: Fight for Sight

Commercial support for trainee-led research

Trainee-led research making the difference in patient outcomes


Overseas delegations

Delegations of Ophthalmology trainees will be attending from:

Florence, Italy

Helsinki, Finland

Berlin, Germany

Paris, France




Please contact Heather Pearman on

She will send you a form regarding dietary requirements and information on presentation format for your study if you would like to take up the Dragon’s Den opportunity and/or discuss your project informally with Research Design Service Support during the lunch break.



The organisers thank Santen for sponsoring this event through an educational grant and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for providing their premises for the day symposium.

CPD points – an application to the College has been made to award CPD points for the day symposium.


AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Oct 27-30th Chicago

further details can be found here.

UKiCRS (Cataract & Refractive) Nov 7-9th 2018 Hinckley

further details can be found here.

BEAVRS - Vitreoretinal Nov 8-9th 2018 Liverpool

further details can be found here.

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