InHealth Intelligence is the largest provider of diabetic eye screening services in the UK, serving a cohort of over 1,000,000 people with diabetes and delivering services since 2011.
Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it is not treated. This occurs when diabetes affects small blood vessels, damaging the back of the eye called the retina. Early identification and treatment of diabetic eye disease can reduce sight loss. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision.
The NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme is one of the young person and adult NHS population screening programmes. The eligible population for DES is all people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aged 12 or over who are called once a year for screening.
people with diabetes served by our programmes
Our fully managed diabetic eye screening services include a friendly Bookings team responsible for appointment invitations and answering any queries; retinal screening and grading carried out by highly trained and accredited professional staff using our very own screening and surveillance software, SpectraTM. Our automated referral for surveillance means that following screening people may be referred to one of over 57 Hospital Eye Services (HES) overseen by our experienced Failsafe Teams.
Our services are in full compliance with the national standards and we have a strong track record of increasing and maintaining high appointment attendance rates (87%) and patient satisfaction rates (96%) on average across all our areas.
A key factor in increasing uptake rates and patient satisfaction is accessibility, which is achieved through making sure each screening clinic location has good public transport links, easy parking, and clear signage.
Stakeholder engagement is also a priority and there are positions in all our programmes specifically tasked with identifying and engaging with local groups and communities who face health inequalities.
All the national NHS leaflets related to diabetic eye screening are available on the GOV.UK website (the majority are available in multiple languages; and the ‘Description of Diabetic Eye Screening’ leaflet has an easy read version).
I was nervous but as soon as I met the screener I was put at ease. I felt confident and relaxed. Everything was explained to me clearly, especially because of me being deaf.