GOC erases West Yorkshire based student optometrist

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7 August 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Talha Daji, a student optometrist based in West Yorkshire, from its register. He will now be unable to undertake training as a student optometrist in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to train impaired by reason of his

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GOC erases Surrey based dispensing optician

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27 July 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Michael Bowles, a dispensing optician based in Surrey, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to

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Research reveals public perceptions of opticians

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19 July 2019
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Today the GOC published the 2019 Public perceptions research and supporting infographic, which explores how patients view and interact with opticians and the services they provide. The research findings encompass a range of topics, including where patients would go if they had an eye health problem, their views on the quality of care, the frequency of contact with opticians and

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GOC erases Swindon based dispensing optician

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16 July 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Simon Backhouse, a dispensing optician based in Swindon, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of his convictions for

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Education Strategic Review update

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11 July 2019
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Council reviewed the recommendations developed in response to the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation on draft Education Standards for providers and Learning Outcomes for students, and decided upon the next steps. Following the steers provided by Council in May on the key issues raised by the consultation, the GOC organised workshops with a wide range of stakeholders to further explore

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GOC shares Fitness to Practise insights with optical business registrants

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4 July 2019
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On Friday the General Optical Council (GOC) held a roundtable event for optical business registrants at their London office. The event was attended by representatives from a wide range of companies. Dionne Spence, GOC Director of Casework and Resolution said, “We hope that by sharing insight about the complaints we receive, and our Fitness to Practise (FTP) processes and outcomes, we

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GOC erases Durham based optometrist

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25 June 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Bryan Ainley, an optometrist based in Durham, 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 Registrant’s

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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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