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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Business Standards

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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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GOC erases Helensburgh based optometrist

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30 January 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Malcolm Craig, an optometrist based in Helensburgh, Scotland from its register. He will now be unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the

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Love Your Lenses Week to focus on helping practitioners to land the safety message

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25 January 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) is launching a set of experimental new tools as part of this year’s ‘Love Your Lenses Week’ (23 to 30 March), which is focusing on helping eye care practitioners communicate safety messages more effectively to contact lens wearers. The new tools are the result of a GOC pilot project called ‘Land The Message’, which explored

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General Optical Council Business Standards consultation receives positive response from the optical sector

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21 January 2019
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Today the General Optical Council (GOC) has published the full report of the consultation into new draft Standards for Optical Businesses. Analysis of the consultation findings show high approval levels from respondents, with the majority agreeing that they will have a positive impact on optical businesses, professionals and the public. Of the 351 unique responses received to the survey, 87 per

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Over 97 per cent of registrants meet CET requirements

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14 January 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today released figures showing that over 97 per cent of all registrants met their Continuing Education and Training (CET) requirements for the 2016-18 cycle. The number of registrants at risk of removal for failing to meet their requirements is just 435, which represents less than 2% of the total register. A further 130 had

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