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CET end of cycle FAQs 16-18

End of CET cycle – frequently asked questions

1. Why can’t I access my 2016-18 CET statement on MyCET?

We want you to think carefully about how to plan your CET for the 2019-21 cycle.  Your new MyCET account requires you to complete your personal development plan before you are able to accept CET points for this cycle or access your statement for the last cycle. 

If your employer requires you to provide proof that you have met your CET requirements for the 2016-18 cycle but you have not yet been able to complete your personal development plan, please email cet@optical.org and we can confirm in an email that you have met your CET requirements.

2. I haven’t completed enough CET – what do I do now?

The GOC will formally write to you on 14 January 2019 informing you that you have not completed your CET requirements.  The letter will offer you the opportunity to dispute the records that we have or to apply for exceptional circumstances to be considered prior to any action being taken regarding your registration.  Disputes may be raised if you think that you have met the CET requirements, but our CET does not show this – you will need to submit evidence to support your dispute claim.  Exceptional circumstances are those which have prevented you from meeting your CET requirements over the full three year cycle (or since you joined the register) – again, evidence will need to be provided to support your claim.  Details of the both the exceptional circumstances and dispute processes can be found on our website through the following links: https://www.optical.org/en/Education/CET/exceptional-circumstances.cfm and https://www.optical.org/en/Education/CET/process-for-removals.cfm

If you are unable to demonstrate a reason for not completing your CET then you are likely to be removed from the register between March and April 2019.  If you are removed then you will be able to restore your registration on demonstration that you have met the restoration requirements.  These include completion of any shortfall in your CET requirements from 2016-18 and demonstrating that within the last 12 months you have completed a minimum of 12 general CET points of which at least 6 are interactive points, all CET competencies have been covered and a peer review has been completed (optometrists and CLOs).  You will also need to complete a restoration form for our Registration Department and pay your restoration fee.  Details can be found on our website here:  https://www.optical.org/en/Registration/Restoring_to_the_registers/full-registrants.cfm

If you think you will need to restore then we suggest that at this stage you review these restoration requirements and take steps to ensure they are completed at your earliest opportunity so that you are in a position to restore to the register as quickly as possible.

3. My provider didn’t upload my CET points in time/I had pending points to accept. What do I do now?

Don’t worry – these can still count towards your outstanding requirement.  You will however, need to submit documentary evidence through our dispute process now that the CET cycle has ended. 

4. When can I submit my exceptional circumstances/dispute form?

You can submit these forms at any time, but they will not be considered until after 14 January 2019.  If you send us a form before this time, you will still receive a formal letter informing you of your non-compliance on 14 January, as this is required by law.  Please note that following the receipt of the formal letter you will have until 11 February 2019 to submit your exceptional circumstances/dispute form.  Any that are received after this date may not be considered.

5. When will a decision be reached on my exceptional circumstances/dispute?

We aim to respond to these within 15 working days of receipt of all the necessary information.

6. What evidence is required to support a dispute?

You will need to provide documentary evidence of the completion of the CET activity you are disputing.  This could be a CET certificate or a letter from the CET provider.  It will need to include your name, the date, the GOC reference number and title of the CET activity you completed.

7. What if I am removed from the register? / What are the restoration requirements?

If you are removed from the register, then you will have the ability to restore your registration.  In order to do this you must complete any outstanding CET requirements from the 2016-18 CET cycle and demonstrate that within the last 12 months you have completed a minimum of 12 general CET points of which at least 6 are interactive points, all CET competencies have been covered and a peer review has been completed (optometrists and CLOs).  If you think you will need to restore then we suggest that at this stage you review these restoration requirements and take steps to ensure they are completed at your earliest opportunity so that you are in a position to restore to the register as quickly as possible.

If you have been removed from the specialist register then you will need to complete any outstanding requirement from the 2016-18 CET cycle and demonstrate that within the last 12 months you have completed a minimum of six specialist points, a specialist peer review and all the specialist competencies.

8. Does removal from the register affect my inclusion on the NHS Performers List in

England or equivalent schemes in other countries of the UK? (Relevant to optometrists only.)

Yes, it could.  In most cases, if you would be removed from the NHS Performers List in England and may be subject to similar measures in other countries of the UK.  If you are removed you would need to secure GOC registration again before applying to be restored to the Performers List.

9. If I am removed, do I have an obligation to tell anyone?

As part of your professional commitment to patient care and our Standards of Practice, if you are removed from the register then you should cease practice immediately and inform your employer.  You may also need to inform your indemnity insurer, to ensure that any insurance cover is maintained during your period off the register.  Assistance can be sought from your professional association.  In the case of dispensing opticians, you may be able to continue to work as an optical assistant, but you would need to discuss this with your employer.

10. Can anyone else help?

Further support and guidance might be available through your colleagues, professional association, employer or from CET providers.

11. Have the CET requirements changed for 2019-21?

No – the requirements remain the same.