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FAQs

1. What is the Education Strategic Review (ESR)?

The ESR is one of the key projects in our Strategic Plan 2017-2020, with the purpose of conducting a thorough review of the UK's system of optical education.

The main focus of the ESR is on the education and training that leads professional registration as a dispensing optician , optometrist , contact lens optician, and independent prescriber.

2. Why are you conducting the ESR now? 

The optical sector is evolving and the services GOC registrants deliver are changing and expected to change more into the future. We are conducting this review now to ensure we continue to protect the public by ensuring that UK education programmes and qualifications leading to GOC registration equip students to meet patient needs into the future

3. When do you expect to have completed the ESR? 

We aim to complete the Review by 2019 and its proposals and recommendations, as agreed by the Council, to be fully implemented and operational thereafter. An indicative timeline for the project can be found in our Project Plan here.

4. How can I get involved in the ESR? 

In Autumn 2018 we hope to launch a consultation on the full Education Strategic Review recommendations and would encourage you to get involved aand let us know your thoughts.

In the meantime, if you have any comments and/or questions about the ESR, please contact us on 020 7580 3898 (option 3) or email communications@optical.org

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