News in Brief
General Optical Council eBulletin 39
December 2018

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 requirement?Login in 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

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, visit

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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