Issue 24, July 2015
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GOC standards review consultation

We would like to thank all registrants who responded to our consultation on our new standards of practice.

In total, we received around 2,000 responses, including 1,666 from registrants who completed our online survey.

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Public perceptions research

New independent research we commissioned has shown there is a high level of public satisfaction with opticians.

Findings showed that 96 per cent of those who had been to the opticians in the past two years were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with their overall experience of opticians.

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Student retention reminder

The deadline for students to apply to renew their GOC registration for 2015/16 is today, Wednesday 15 July. Every year, students must renew their GOC registration if they wish to continue training as an optometrist or dispensing optician .


You can apply for retention via MyGOC.


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GOC set for move to Farringdon

We have announced plans to move to a new, more modern office in the Farringdon area of London later this summer.


We expect to move once the new space has been fitted out. Upon moving, we will surrender our lease on our current premises, a converted house on Harley Street at which we have been based since 1958.


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GOC joins Vision 2020

We are pleased to announce that we have joined VISION 2020 UK as a member organisation.


VISION 2020 UK is an umbrella charity bringing together organisations from across the optical sector to transform the UK’s approach to eye health, eye care and sight loss services.


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News in brief


All registrants are reminded that we are now in the final year of the current CET cycle. All registrants must ensure they have obtained 36 points across the three year cycle, including a minimum of six points in each calendar year and, for optometrists and contact lens opticians, attendance of a minimum of one peer review group in the cycle.


Failure to obtain these points may result in removal from our registers, which means you will be unable to legally practise optometry or dispensing optics until you have successfully applied for restoration.


Council meeting


Nockolds, who provide the Optical Consumer Complaints Service ( OCCS ), reported to our Council their first year running the service. The report showed widespread satisfaction with the OCCS’ process, being rated 9 out of 10 by respondents to a survey.


In total, the OCCS received 622 enquiries, 85 per cent of which related to consumer complaints. The OCCS reached a resolution in over 98 per cent of cases that it dealt with. 90 per cent of concluded enquiries were dealt with within 45 days, with 99 per cent within 52 days and 100 per cent within 90 days.


Nockolds’ annual report can be found here.




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