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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GOC consults on fitness to practise acceptance criteria

19 December 2017
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on introducing formal fitness to practise acceptance criteria. The draft criteria would define the circumstances where the GOC will accept a complaint as an allegation of a registrant’s impaired fitness to practise. Those that do not meet the criteria would be closed without referral to GOC Case Examiners. Lisa Davis, GOC

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GOC launches Education Strategic Review concepts and principles consultation

13 December 2017
Source: The GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published a consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training in the future, as part of its Education Strategic Review.   The consultation considers a series of ways of helping to ensure future optometrists and dispensing opticians are supported to be safe, confident and competent new practitioners in

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GOC: Education strategic review

17 November 2017
Source: GOC

Council agreed to proceed with a consultation on the concepts and principles that should underpin a system of optical education and training fit for the future in the next phase of the Education Strategic Review. This consultation follows our Call for Evidence and extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders from across the UK.   Some of the concepts

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GOC announces new appointments to its statutory advisory committees

6 November 2017
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed ten new lay members to four of its statutory advisory committees. The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it continues to take account of issues that affect registrants and the public and puts patient safety at the heart of its decisions. Speaking about

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GOC seeks new committee members

11 August 2017
Source: GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) is looking to appoint a total of six new registrant members to its statutory committees – four representatives from optical businesses to its Companies Committee and one optometrist and one dispensing optician to its Investigation Committee. GOC Council chair, Gareth Hadley, said: “Committee members play a vital role in helping us to protect and promote

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VISION 2020 UK Learning Disabilties and Sight Loss Committee: Possible changes to General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) and Department of Health regulations

3 August 2016
Source: VISION 2020 UK Learning Disabilities and Sight Loss Committee

The discussion paper and proposed paper re: Possible changes to General Ophthalmic : Services (GOS) and Department of Health regulations are attached below:  

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AOP Statement on Regina v Honey Rose

15 July 2016
Source: AOP

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is aware that AOP member, Ms Honey Rose, has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in the case of Vincent Barker. This is a tragic case which is devastating for all concerned and our sympathies go to the Barker family at this time. We are naturally extremely disappointed for our member, Ms Rose, in the

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