7 May 2019
Source: General Optical Council
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Olukolajo Kayode, a dispensing optician based in Orpington, from its register for six months.
A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to his caution for common assault and failure to declare this to the GOC.
In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Graham White said:
“The Committee had no hesitation in concluding that a violent assault during business hours amounted to misconduct. In relation to the failure to disclose a caution on retention applications, the Committee also concluded that this was a sufficiently serious matter as to amount to misconduct.
The Registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired on the basis that his insight into the significance of the issues raised by the assault and caution is not yet complete and that the public interest requires a finding of impairment to be made in respect of those matters in any event.
However, the Committee was satisfied that the Registrant’s insight was developing and further development would mitigate the risk of repeating behaviour. It was determined that a period of suspension of 6 months would be sufficient to mark the gravity of the misconduct and to declare and uphold proper standards of behaviour so as to maintain confidence in the profession and its regulation.”
Mr Kayode has until 14 May 2019 to appeal his suspension.