Regulators unite to support reflective practitioners across healthcare

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19 June 2019
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The leaders of nine healthcare regulators have joined forces to stress the benefits and importance of good reflection among professionals in the healthcare sector. The chief executives have signed a joint statement – Benefits of becoming a reflective practitioner – which outlines the processes and advantages of being a good reflective practitioner for individuals and teams. Reflection is the process

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Professor Deborah Bowman MBE appointed to GOC Council

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17 June 2019
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Deborah Bowman has been appointed as the newest lay member of the General Optical Council (GOC) as of 1 September 2019 for a period of four years. Deborah will replace Selina Ullah, whose term finishes on 31 August 2019. Deborah is Professor of Bioethics & Clinical Ethics and Deputy Principal (Institutional Affairs) at St. George’s, University of London. Her academic

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GOC welcomes Advertising Standard Agency’s ruling on iSpyEyes

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30 May 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) ruling that iSpyEyes should remove adverts incorrectly implying that they could legally supply zero-powered (cosmetic) contacts lenses to the UK without the involvement of a registered optician. The GOC helped the ASA in investigating the case and the ASA ruling states that they, “Told iSpyEyes and Marnie

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General Optical Council’s Education Strategic Review consultation

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15 May 2019
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Council discussed the findings from the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation on draft Education Standards for providers and Learning Outcomes for students and provided clear steers on key elements of the review. The purpose of the ESR is to review and make recommendations on how the system of optical education and training should evolve so that registrants are equipped to

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GOC suspends Orpington based dispensing optician

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7 May 2019
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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

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GOC encourages eligible optical businesses to register

25 April 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) is encouraging eligible optical businesses to get GOC registered. Limited companies operating as optical businesses which use protected titles such as optometrist or optician, must register with the GOC by law. However, the GOC urge all eligible optical businesses for which business registration is not mandatory to register their business to take advantage of the

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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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