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Guidance on GOC verification of Ophthalmic Performers List declarations

GOC verification of Ophthalmic Performers List declarations

We are happy to co-operate with NHS organisations, Local Health Boards and others who are required to verify declarations made by GOC-registered optometrists and dispensing opticians who are on ophthalmic performers’ lists or are applying to join a list.

The following information is provided to help the appropriate NHS bodies carry out their checks. These guidance notes are not regulations.

What we need – registrants’ consent
Some of the information that you need is not available from our publicly-searchable registers. We may therefore need to see a copy of the GOC registrant's consent before we disclose the information to you. We can accept a scanned copy of a registrant’s signed consent sent by email.

Although we do not prescribe the wording of the consent you obtain from the registrant, we can process applications more quickly if it contains words to the following effect:

"I consent to a request being made by [your organisation] to the General Optical Council for information relating to either: any current investigation into my fitness to practise and/or any current interim order that has been imposed by the Fitness to Practise Committee; or any past investigation into my fitness to practise that resulted in an allegation against me being referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee or in the issue of a warning by the Investigation Committee AND to the disclosure of such information to [your organisation] by the GOC."

Note that this consent refers only to matters that are or have been under investigation by the GOC. It would not, therefore, cover information held by the GOC about third-party (e.g. police, HSE) investigations if such matters are/were not part of a GOC investigation. .

How to request GOC verification of a declaration
An application form for a check on a registrant’s declaration can be completed by health authorities:

Acrobat Reader icon Application for a registrant check / letter of good standing

However, as long as the registrant can be clearly identified and a signed consent form is included, it is not necessary for health authorities to complete the registrant check application form. Email requests should be submitted, along with a scanned copy of the registrant’s consent, to: registration@optical.org.

You may also request GOC verification of a declaration by post to:

Registration team
General Optical Council
10 Old Bailey
London
EC4M 7NG

Please ensure that your request for verification includes the following:
• The registrant's full name
• GOC registration number
• Date of birth
• As above, a signed and dated consent form.

Timeframe for processing requests
The GOC will aim to respond within five working days of receipt of each request. Sending your request by email will increase the likelihood of your request reaching you in good time.

Although we understand that primary care organisations are required to verify declarations in all cases, we are not able to process bulk requests for verification. Please take account of this in your management of requests for inclusion on performers lists.
 

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