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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Principles for good practice issued to protect patients online

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11 November 2019
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Healthcare organisations including regulators, royal colleges and faculties, are today Friday 8 November issuing a set of principles to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing potentially-harmful medication online or over the phone. The jointly-agreed ‘High level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing’ set out the good practice expected of healthcare professionals when prescribing medication online.

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GOC shares 2016-18 CET cycle evaluation report

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1 November 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published the final report of the evaluation of its 2016-18 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle, following a review of the data it holds within its MyCET administrative online platform. The review analysed data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018 in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the CET scheme, identify trends

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General Optical Council launches Education Strategic Review Expert Advisory Groups

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22 October 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the establishment of two new Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs), advising on the education and training of optometrists and dispensing opticians respectively, to help shape the new Learning Outcomes for students and Education Standards for providers as part of the Education Strategic Review (ESR). Philippa Mann, GOC Head of Education, said: “Our two

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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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