Issue 39, December 2018
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Welcome from Lesley Longstone

Welcome to the December issue of the eBulletin. I hope everyone is looking forward to the holiday festivities and spending time with their loved ones.

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Education Strategic Review consultation

In our October eBulletin, we gave you an update on our Education Strategic Review (ESR) and informed you of an upcoming consultation on new draft Education Standards for education providers and Learning Outcomes for part of our work to ensure that students are equipped for the rules of the future.


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CET to remain unchanged until 2022

Following a Council meeting in November 2018 we have decided to delay making any significant changes to the CET scheme until 2022.


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Business Standards update

We have received the final report on the findings from our consultation on new draft Standards for Optical Businesses and we are pleased to report that the overall response was positive.


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Annual registration renewal commences in January 2019

Renewal will open in late January for all optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses to renew their annual General Optical Council (GOC) registration for the year beginning 1 April 2019.


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News in Brief

CET cycle 16-18


The end of the 2016-18 CET cycle is now imminent. If you have not yet met your CET requirements, please act now. Failure to meet and accept all your CET requirements will result in removal from our registers and the inability to practise until you have met your outstanding requirements and taken the additional steps necessary to be restored to the register.


Not sure if you have met your CET requirements?

Login to your MyCET account and click on Track Progress.


Key dates

The office will be closed from 5pm on 21 December 2018 re-opening on Wednesday 2 January 2019. Emergency cover for end of CET cycle issues will be available on 24 December and 27 – 31 December. Please email


The online MyCET system will be closed for essential maintenance between 1-13 January 2019 inclusive. It will be available from 9am on Monday 14 January 2019.

Post-Brexit Settlement Scheme

After the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, EU citizens will be able to apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK Government has now launched a pilot to test the application process that EU citizens and their family members will use.
EU citizens who currently work in the health and social care sectors can take part in the pilot until the 21st December. Making an application in the pilot is entirely voluntary. If you are interested in taking part in the scheme visit the government website
Flu Jab
More and more healthcare professionals are taking a pro-active approach to flu prevention this winter. Figures released in November by Public Health England have shown that for the 2018/19 flu season 6,785 more frontline healthcare workers received the flu vaccine from 1 September to 31 October compared to the same period last year. Currently nearly 500,000 frontline healthcare workers have received their flu vaccination.
To find out more about the annual influenza programme, click here
Meet the GOC at 100% Optical
From 12-14 January 2019, we will be exhibiting at 100% Optical in London – come and find us if you’ve got any questions!
We will be talking about our plans for 2019 including the next Love Your Lenses Week, CET, our Education Strategic Review and our new business standards. We’ll be there throughout the show so let us know if you have any questions.
Education Visitor Panel members
We have appointed eight new members to our Education Visitor Panel, including two dispensing opticians, two lay chair and four optometrists. Julia Hughes and Maryna Hura have joined as dispensing opticians, Carl Stychin and Jane Andrews as lay chairs, and John Sidero, Nicola Szostek, Brendan Barrett and Gurpreet Kaur Bhogal-Bhamra as optometrists. To find out more about our Education Visitor Panel and what they do, please visit our website.

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