College of Optometrists urges members to check their points and be aware of the new CET changes

16 November 2015
Source: The College of Optometrists

The College is reminding members that any optometrist who hasn’t met the GOC’s minimum requirements will be automatically removed from the register after 1 January, and will need to go through a restoration process to be reinstated.

The College is also urging all members to check their MyGOC accounts to ensure that they have completed all the CET they need, and accept any pending points. Members can find the GOC’s minimum requirements for the cycle on the College website at http://www.college-optometrists.org/CET.

The College is also looking ahead at the GOC’s requirements for the next cycle. Its Head of CPD, Lucy Joseph, said: “While ensuring members are focussing on meeting the requirements for the end of the current CET cycle, we are also looking ahead to changes coming into effect with the start of the new cycle, from 1 January 2016 to be able to give the best advice and support to our members and ensure that our CPD provision enables them to meet the new requirements in full.

“In the main, the minimum requirements will remain broadly the same as for this cycle, but there are a few new elements to be aware of, on standards of practice, reflective learning, and setting personal learning goals.

“These involve the implementation of the newly published Standards of Practice, which will replace the current Code of Conduct from April 2016. In the new 2016-18 CET cycle all registrants will be expected to complete at least one piece of CET that relates to the new Standards.

“Reflective learning is also being extended – in the current cycle registrants will have been asked to provide a reflection statement when accepting peer discussion/peer review points. In the new cycle, this requirement will apply across all types of CET – so a reflection statement will be needed to accept any CET points on MyGOC.

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