Optometry Today: The GOC looks ahead

10 August 2018
Source: Optometry Today

Keeping the big picture in mind is important for General Optical Council (GOC) chair, Gareth Hadley. The GOC’s task of completing the first review of optometry education in 35 years involves hundreds of hours of meetings and traversing a mountain of paperwork. Although there may be a tendency for some to get lost in mechanics, Mr Hadley believes it is

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GOC launches consultation on the future of Continuing Education and Training

18 July 2018
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation to understand how to develop the current system of Continuing Education and Training (CET) so it is fit for the future. The consultation is asking optical professionals to give their views on how the GOC can help them develop new skills on a continuing basis. This may for example mean more

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GOC appoints new Hearings Panel members

3 July 2018

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed four new Hearings Panel members: Caroline Corby, Amit Jinabhai, Kathryn King and Julia Wortley. The Hearings Panel decides the outcomes of fitness to practise hearings. It is impartial and independent of Council. GOC Director of Fitness to Practise, Lisa Davis, said “We are pleased to welcome these new members to the Committee as

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GOC erases London based student dispensing optician

28 June 2018
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Anuradha Sharma, a student dispensing optician based London, from its register. She will now be unable to train as a dispensing optician in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, related to

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GOC Chair calls for sector-wide action on clinical experience for optical students

10 May 2018
Source: GOC

Gareth Hadley, Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC), is today calling upon educators, employers and professional bodies in the optical sector to work together to facilitate solutions to achieving enhanced clinical experience for student optometrists and dispensing opticians. His call follows the publication of a GOC report analysing responses to its concepts and principles consultation as part of its

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GOC: Approach to Business Standards

23 March 2018
Source: The GOC

Council approved the GOC’s proposed approach to consult and engage with stakeholders on draft Standards for Optical Businesses. The new Standards have been developed as part of the GOC’s ongoing standards strategic review which saw the introduction of the Standards of Practice and Standards for Optical Students in April 2016. The new Standards for Optical Businesses will replace the existing

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GOC: Education Strategic Review, only 1 week left to respond.

9 March 2018
Source: GOC

There’s only 1 week left to respond to the GOC concepts and principles consultation! Let them know your thoughts. Respond to the GOC concepts and principles consultation More information about GOC consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training is now available on the GOC consultations page. Join our Education Strategic Review Stakeholder Forum  The Stakeholder

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GOC suspends Wolverhampton-based optometrist from its register

28 February 2018
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Gagandeep Thiarra, an optometrist based in Wolverhampton from its register for a period of six months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by virtue of misconduct relating to falsifying patient records during an assessment. In making the

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GOC suspends Nottingham-based dispensing Optometrist.

12 February 2018
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing   opticians, has decided to suspend Alpesh Bhundia, an optometrist based in Nottingham, from its register for a period of nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, relating to him making a series of amendments to a patient’s

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GOC Chair calls for more collaboration between system leaders in future of eye and vision services

8 February 2018

  Gareth Hadley, Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC), is today calling for more collaboration and cooperation between the wider health system and the optical sector. Gareth’s call follows the regulator today publishing a summary of its recent discussions about the potential future direction of eye health and vision services in the UK. Following a health system leaders’ roundtable

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