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Seeing is Believing IV: Focusing on the Future

RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Conference & Exhibition 2018

03 Nov 2018 08:45 - 16:30

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

RCN Members: £125 plus VAT (£150.00) Non-members: £185 plus VAT (£222.00)

Bookings now closed for the RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Conference & Exhibition 2018.

Are you a nurse, HCA or allied healthcare professional involved in advising, treating and caring for those with ocular health needs? 
Don’t miss this unrivalled learning opportunity: make sure you attend the UK’s definitive ophthalmic nursing conference developed by nurses specifically to support you. 
Seeing is Believing IV: Focusing on the future recognises that the way services are delivered must adapt to meet the current and future needs of a changing population demographic. Find out how colleagues are changing what they do to meet these challenges and how you can use their experiences and learning to improve the patient care you deliver. 

Whether you are new to this niche field of nursing or an experienced professional, this event gives you a platform to reflect on how you can improve your practice and the patient experience.
Join in the discussion: #ON18     @theRCN



Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

View programme 

The day will be interactive with ample opportunities for Q&A and discussion – use this opportunity to ask those tricky questions you want answers to and remember you can flag your challenges and concerns with the RCN.
Planned topics include

• Artificial intelligence in ophthalmology
• Developing the role of the HCA in ophthalmology
• Minimising errors in cataract surgery
• Current and future service planning models
• Community eye care models


Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing. 

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.


 Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use.

Accrue over 7 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation
Take time out to reflect on your professional journey and current practice: what can you do to improve the patient experience and outcomes?
Network with like-minded peers from across the UK, build professional relationships and share your experiences / ideas
Be updated on the latest developments in ocular health care and treatment
Learn about new techniques, procedures and service models that you could implement in your work setting and critically assess
Discover how innovation will affect what you do and how you do it

Need more persuasion? Here’s what your peers thought of 2017’s conference:

“The RCN ophthalmic nursing forum conference is an excellent opportunity to share ideas and views with other ophthalmic nursing colleagues. It is a great platform to learn new developments in ophthalmic practice.”

“A well organised and interesting conference. Topics were well chosen. Speakers were varied and relevant. An excellent opportunity for networking.”

“I've learned a lot, I've got new ideas how we can be even more effective in our practice, and how can we cut back the costs.”

“Great way to network and have good leads to contact if needed regarding introducing new practices and best practice, gold standards for patients…. Would definitely like to attend again next year.”

“Very informative program. Really added to my knowledge.”

RCN member £125.00 plus VAT
Non-member £185 plus VAT

Book 3 or more places together at the same time to save 10% from each booking fee
Further discounts apply: see flyer for details.

Not a member? Join the RCN now and qualify for the discounted membership rates for this conference. Find out more 

Being funded by an employer to attend? RCN Events can provide an invoice for your attendance.

Just complete a booking form and ask your finance team to send this along with a purchase order to For any queries please call 0207 647 3591

MHNR speaker 

We are delighted to confirm Mr Pearse Keane will be joining the conference as a keynote speaker to discuss the role of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology.

Pearse A. Keane, MD, FRCOphth, is a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and an NIHR Clinician Scientist, based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (UCL). Dr Keane specialises in applied ophthalmic research, with a particular interest in retinal imaging and artificial intelligence (AI). 

In April 2015, he was ranked no. 4 on a worldwide ranking of ophthalmologists under 40, published in "the Ophthalmologist” journal.

In 2016, he initiated a formal collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google DeepMind, with the aim of applying machine learning to automated diagnosis of optical coherence tomography (OCT) images.

Pearse’s will be exploring Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare - Reinventing the Eye Exam and explains:

“Ophthalmology is among the most technology-driven of the all the medical specialties, with treatments utilizing high-spec medical lasers and advanced microsurgical techniques, and diagnostics involving ultra-high resolution imaging. Ophthalmology is also at the forefront of many trailblazing research areas in healthcare, such as stem cell and gene therapies.

Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is the oldest eye hospital in the world. Every year, >600,000 patients attend Moorfields - more than double the number of the largest eye hospitals in North America. Together with the adjacent UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields is among the largest centres for vision science research in the world. In July 2016, Moorfields announced a formal collaboration and data sharing agreement with DeepMind Health. This collaboration involves the sharing of >1,000,000 anonymised retinal scans with DeepMind to allow for the automated diagnosis of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR). 

In my presentation, I will describe the motivation - and urgent need - to apply deep learning to ophthalmology, the processes required to establish a research collaboration between the NHS and a company like DeepMind, the goals of our research, and finally, why I believe that ophthalmology could be first branch of medicine to be fundamentally reinvented through the application of deep learning.”

Follow Pearse on twitter: @pearsekeane 



Stand 1: RNIB
Stand 2: Bausch & Lomb
Stand 3: SeeAbility 
Stand 4: Veni Vidi
Stand 5: Blink Medical  
Stand 6: Scope Ophthalmic 

This conference and exhibition is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with UK ophthalmic nurses.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, from networking to raise your profile to tailored commercial packages to help achieve specific objectives. Please contact the exhibitions team on 01442870143 or email to discuss.


Conference fee

RCN Members £125 plus VAT (£150.00)
Non-members £185 plus VAT (£222.00)

Bookings will open and programme to be announced in late May

For any queries about this event please contact

Liz Russ, Organiser, RCN
•020 7647 3591

Page last updated - 31/10/2018