Issue 41, April 2019
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Welcome from Lesley Longstone

Welcome to the April issue of the eBulletin. I hope everyone is enjoying spring and looking forward to enjoying the upcoming bank holiday period.

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Disclosing confidential information consultation

On 21 March we launched a consultation on draft guidance on disclosing confidential information about patients.


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New Standards for Optical Businesses

Our new Standards for Optical Businesses have now been published and will come into force in October 2019. 


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CET interviews

For this month’s bulletin we interviewed registrants who achieved the highest CET points in their registration category, to find out how they did it and what we can learn from them.


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Love Your Lenses Week 2019: Thank you!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all eye care practitioners, professional bodies and optical businesses that got involved in supporting Love Your Lenses week (23-30 March).


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Education Strategic Review update

Last November, we consulted on draft education standards for providers and learning outcomes for students as part of our Education Strategic Review (ESR). 


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Social media

Social media can be a great tool both socially and professionally. Many optical practitioners are successfully using social media to promote the services they provide at the optical business they work in or own.


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News in Brief

Updated Dementia factsheets


Vision UK has updated their dementia fact sheets, which now include their logo and changed contact details where relevant. The list of fact sheets and links to download them can be found below:


Brexit FAQs


We have published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for registrants on Brexit related matters. We will update them regularly as the Brexit negotiations progress.


Read the FAQs on our website here


Referrals on the right path


Scott Mackie, a therapeutic prescribing optometrist and GOC Council member, has written an article for Optometry Today about what constitutes a poor referral and the issue of over-referral as the most common reason for frustration between ophthalmology and optometry.


Read the full article here.


Business plan


Our business plan for 2019-2020 has been published. You can find out more about our plans for the rest of the 12 months here

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