GOC response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency

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23 March 2020
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The General Optical Council (GOC) understands that many of its registrants and stakeholders will have questions about the impact of COVID-19 and wants to ensure that everyone in the optical professions is aware of the steps the GOC has taken in light of the emergency. Support for registrants The GOC has established a dedicated COVID-19 page on its public website

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GOC news from Council 26 February 2020

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12 March 2020
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Strategic plan 2020-25 The GOC is launching a new strategic plan in April 2020 which sets out the organisation’s vision over the next five years. A draft plan was consulted on from December 2019 to January 2020, receiving 50 responses from individuals and organisations across the optical, regulatory and healthcare sector. A revised plan was presented to Council which was

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Dr David Parkins reappointed as member of GOC Council

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11 March 2020
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has reappointed registrant Council member Dr David Parkins for another four years, commencing 15 March 2020. Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “We are delighted that David has been reappointed for a second four-year term. His knowledge and critical thinking skills will continue to be put to good use and thereby help the world of optics

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GOC sets out position on lissamine green

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10 March 2020
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published a statement on the use of CE-marked lissamine green ophthalmic strips to assist registrants in ensuring they act in the interests of the public. Lissamine green is used when assessing the ocular surface and is available as a CE-marked product (a medical device) for use as a ‘diagnostic agent when superficial corneal or

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GOC publishes guidance on disclosing confidential information

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24 February 2020
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today (24/02/2020) published new guidance on disclosing confidential information about patients, including where patients may not be fit to drive. The guidance is designed to provide clarity for optical professionals in situations where they need to consider whether to disclose confidential information to ensure the protection of patients and the public. It does not

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GOC issues withdrawal notice to University of Portsmouth Master of Optometry programme

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16 January 2020
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced the withdrawal of provisional approval from the University of Portsmouth’s Master of Optometry programme from 10 January 2020. Education institutions require approval for their qualifications to be recognised for the purposes of GOC registration. This follows on from a notice of intention to withdraw, which was issued on 9 December 2019. The university

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GOC Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2027 Consultation

14 January 2020
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The General Optical Council is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. This consultation seeks stakeholder views on their draft strategic plan, which describes what they plan to do over the next six years from April 2020. In developing the

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GOC announces the departure of Director of Strategy Alistair Bridge and the appointment of Leonie Milliner as Senior Education Adviser

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6 December 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that Director of Strategy, Alistair Bridge, will be leaving in February to become Head of Strategy at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). During Alistair’s seven years as a member of the GOC’s senior management team, he led the organisation’s policy, standards, communications, research and governance functions and led the development of

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Dr Subo Shanmuganathan steps down as Interim Director of Education

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21 November 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Dr Subo Shanmuganathan has stepped down from her role as Interim Director of Education, having led the GOC’s Education Strategic Review (ESR) and Continuing Education and Training (CET) Review over the last year. Following Council sign off of the ESR implementation plan and approval of a fourth director position with responsibility

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News from Council 13 November 2019

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15 November 2019
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Education Strategic Review update Council agreed the implementation plan for the Education Strategic Review (ESR), which is split into three stages: key deliverables, provider readiness and implementation. The first stage began in September 2019 with the creation of the Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs), who are helping to deliver the key project deliverables: Learning Outcomes for students Education Standards for providers

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