Diabetic eye screening: professional guidance

Guidance for the NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme.

Standards and guidance for health professionals, managers and commissioners working in the NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme.

The Royal College of Opthalmology also has diabetic retinopathy guidelines for healthcare professionals.

Programme pathway

Standards and eligible populations

Provide screening

Retinal imaging

Equipment guidance


Screening data and engagement with people with diabetes

Quality assurance

Data and research

Published 2 January 2015
Last updated 22 June 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added 2021-2022 data in the data and research section

  2. Data for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 has been added to the research section

  3. Added diabetic eye screening: care pathway.

  4. Addition of 2018 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 data reports.

  5. Added Diabetic eye screening: longer intervals for people at lowest risk.

  6. Added Diabetic eye screening: optical coherence tomography in surveillance.

  7. Added Diploma for Health Screeners Rules of Combination.

  8. Added Diabetic eye screening: audit schedule.

  9. Added 'Diabetic eye screening: identifying differences in grading outcomes' document.

  10. Added 2016 to 2017 data tables.

  11. Added 'collection of demographic information'.

  12. Added 'Diabetic eye screening (DES): national data reporting specifications' and removed performance template.

  13. Added data and research group to document collection.

  14. Added Diabetic eye screening: competencies for administrative staff.

  15. Addition to collection of Diabetic eye screening: management of patients not included on the screening register

  16. Added Diabetic eye screening: consent and cohort management.

  17. Added quality assurance of grading guidance to DES document collection.

  18. First published.