Issue 12, August 2012
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GOC out and about to talk CET

We are enhancing our existing CET scheme in two specific areas as of January 2013:


- Targeting a registrant’s continuing education and training to the areas of risk and competencies relevant to their scope of practice

- Registrants will be required to interact with their peers to reflect on their own and others’ practise

We will be out and about at various optical conferences and events over the coming months to talk about the changes.


Read more here

How the GOC accredits university courses

The Opticians Act grants us the power to approve establishments providing training as optometrists or dispensing opticians and qualifications that are recognised for entry to the GOC register. 



Read about the approval process here

Accreditation email

Recruitment: education visiting panel members

We will soon be recruiting new members of our education visiting panel.


As part of our role regulating education providers for optometrists and dispensing opticians, we periodically make visits to monitor optical training institutions and professional qualifying examinations.


Find out more about the role including how to apply

Visitors email

Consultation: declarations guidance

We are consulting on new guidance for applicants and registrants who need to make a declaration to us.

We're looking for feedback on the clarity, format and content of the new guidance.

Read more and respond to the consultation

Decs email

Student retention deadline

The final deadline for students to renew their GOC registration for 2012/13 is tomorrow, Friday 31 August.

87.6% of students applied by the original 15 July deadline, with those who missed the deadline now having to pay a £10 late application fee on top of their £20 retention fee. The figure marked a slight increase from last year’s 87.3%.

Read more about student retention

Student deadline email

Carrots Nightwalk - see London in the dark

Places on Fight for Sight’s ‘Carrots NightWalk – See London in the Dark 2012’ are filling up fast. So if you’re looking for a fitness challenge, or you or a loved one has been affected by sight loss, please don’t delay to register for this fun night-time sponsored walk.


Fight for Sight are also inviting applications for funding opportunities for research into preventing sight loss.


Read more about the nightwalk and the funding opportunities

Fight for Sight email

News in brief



Our next public Council meeting takes place on Wednesday 24 October 2012 at 10:30.


Further details of the meeting are available on our website.


Anna Bradley moves to Healthwatch england


Our Chair, Anna Bradley, will be leaving the GOC in the next few months.


Anna has been appointed as Chair of Healthwatch England. To find out more about her new role, please see our website.


GOC praised across all areas of work


The General Optical Council (GOC) has won praise for its work over the last year.


The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), the body which oversees the GOC, praised work and projects across the GOC’s four core functions in its 2011/12 performance review.


Find out more on our website

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