Standards review consultation
General Optical Council eBulletin 24
July 2015

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.

We also held a series of focus groups, including with fully-qualified registrants, students and members of the public, as well as attending 100% Optical, Optometry Tomorrow and Optrafair where we met with registrants to discuss the standards.

We are now analysing the feedback that we received and will take all responses into account when considering how the draft standards could be improved. Council will consider the feedback at its public meeting on 29 July and we will then publish an independent report summarising the feedback and set out the timetable for implementing the new standards.

Alistair Bridge, GOC Director of Strategy, said: “We are really pleased to have received so many responses to the consultation and from such a wide range of stakeholders, including many registrants. The feedback will really help us to ensure that the final version of the new standards enables us to better protect the public while minimising the burden on registrants and providing room for them to use their judgement as professionals.

“It will be vital for the standards to make our expectations clear and treat registrants as healthcare professionals who provide invaluable services to the public with the potential to do more in the future. We want to thank everyone who has had their say, whether by completing our online survey, meeting us, attending a focus group, discussing the standards at a trade show or giving us their views in writing.”

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