GOC announce launch of new business standards website

8 October 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a new website to support the new Standards for Optical Businesses that came into effect on 1 October 2019. The website presents the new business standards in an accessible and searchable format, making it easy for optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical business owners to find the information they require.

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GOC pilot of new triage process welcomed

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19 September 2019
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The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the latest announcement from the General Optical Council (GOC) launching a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process. The new process will enable them to close cases earlier, where there is no risk to the public. AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “It is reassuring to see that the GOC is taking a more

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GOC pilots enhanced triage process for FTP complaints

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13 September 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process that will give the GOC greater discretion to close cases at an earlier stage, where there is no ongoing risk to the public. Triage is the process the GOC uses to decide whether a new complaint or referral about a GOC

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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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