GOC registrants demonstrate their continued fitness to practise

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16 April 2019
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New figures released by the General Optical Council (GOC) today show that the vast majority of optical practitioners have maintained their commitment to their profession by meeting their Continuing Education Training (CET) requirements. The GOC removed 392 individual practitioners from its register for failing to meet their CET requirements – less than 2% of registrants. Marcus Dye, GOC Head of

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GOC publishes new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’

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10 April 2019
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Today the General Optical Council (GOC) has published its new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’, which will come into effect on 1 October 2019. Marcus Dye, Head of Standards and CET, said, “The new Standards will replace the current Code of Conduct for Businesses and set out our expectations of business registrants more clearly. They have been updated to maintain consistency

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GOC consults on draft guidance: disclosing confidential information

21 March 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has today launched a consultation on new draft guidance on disclosing confidential information about patients. The guidance will help GOC registrants to decide when they might need to override patient confidentiality in the public interest, for example by telling the DVLA (and potentially others) if a patient

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GOC imposes financial penalty on Boots Opticians LTD

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1 March 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to impose the maximum financial penalty of £50,000 on Boots Opticians Professional Services LTD. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found their fitness to carry on business impaired for failing to appropriately manage protected disclosures made about clinical concerns within their business. In making the

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Lesley Longstone appointed as permanent GOC Chief Executive and Registrar

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18 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that its interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Lesley Longstone, has been appointed to the role permanently. Lesley, who joined the GOC on 17 September 2018, said, “I have really enjoyed my six months in the role and am delighted to be staying on a permanent basis. I will continue the work I

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GOC Business Standards for Optical Businesses

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18 February 2019
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Council approved publication of the new Standards for Optical Businesses, following the amendment to the standards to address feedback received from stakeholders during the consultation. The new Standards for Optical Businesses make clearer GOC expectations of business registrants and are necessary to reflect changes in  optical practice, recommendations from recent health enquiries, emerging technologies and the increased prevalence of multidisciplinary

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GOC suspends Hounslow based dispensing optician

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18 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Jatinder Bhamra, a dispensing optician based in Heston, Hounslow from its register for a period of nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the Registrant adding points to her personal

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GOC encourages ESR responses with three weeks to go

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8 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) is today encouraging its stakeholders to influence the future education and training of the professions by responding to its Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation by the 25 February 2019 deadline. GOC Interim Director of Education Dr Subo Shanmuganathan said, “We’re determined to make sure that optical education is fit for the future and supports and

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Vicky McDermott stands down as GOC Chief Executive and Registrar

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7 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that its Chief Executive and Registrar, Vicky McDermott, has stood down to spend more time with her family following the birth of her daughter. Vicky said, “I have enjoyed my time at the GOC and I am confident that there are great things to come for the organisation. I am looking forward

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GOC suspends Yorkshire based dispensing optician

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1 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Dilesh Gohil, a dispensing optician based in Yorkshire, from its register for nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by his criminal conviction for sexual assault and by misconduct relating to his failure to declare this

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