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 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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