Education Strategic Review (ESR) update
General Optical Council eBulletin 43
August 2019

Education Strategic Review (ESR) Update

At the July Council meeting, Council approved the following recommendations to ensure that the final Education Standards and Learning Outcomes are fit for the future:

  • To implement the ‘one accountable provider’ approach;
  • To create a standardised assessment framework;
  • To develop learning outcomes and education standards that increase the clinical content of courses and the emphasis on professionalism and clinical leadership; and
  • To support mentoring schemes for newly qualified professionals and to take forward work to support such schemes alongside an exploration of other options for support through our CET Review Programme.

To help us finalise the standards and learning outcomes, we will be working with two expert advisory groups (EAGs), one for optometrists and one for dispensing opticians. We will meet both EAGs throughout the rest of the year in order to co-create education standards and learning outcomes that ensure practitioners are prepared for the roles of the future.

The ESR is being undertaken alongside our CET Review. Our aim is to ensure that optical education and training remains relevant and enables practitioners to meet changing patient needs as the optical sector evolves, whilst maintaining public safety.

For the latest news about the ESR, read the July News from Council.

For information about our CET Review, click here.



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