Issue 43, August 2019
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Welcome to our CET-themed eBulletin

Welcome to the August eBulletin. I hope you have been enjoying your summer wherever you are! This month's eBulletin is a special Continuing Education Training (CET) edition, where we will be exploring all things CET. 


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Interview with Helen Tilley, GOC Council Member

We spoke with Helen Tilley, a registrant GOC Council member, about her personal experiences of pursuing CET and her approach to professional development.


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Interview with Marcus Dye, GOC Head of Standards and CET

We sat down with Marcus Dye, Head of Standards and CET, to discuss the CET Review, the benefits of reflective practice, and more.


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Interview with Peter Fogg and Roma Malik

We spoke with Peter Fogg, a dispensing optician , and Roma Malik, an optometrist , to discuss their reflections from the 2016-18 CET cycle and best practice tips.


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CET cycle evaluation 2016-18

Following the end of the 2016 -18 CET cycle, we have been conducting an analysis of our CET data. Our aim is to develop insights about how practitioners pursue CET and explore ways in which we can help and support optometrists and dispensing opticians.


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Education Strategic Review (ESR) Update

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


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News in brief

‘Standards for Optical Businesses – an introduction’ webinar


On 1 April we published our new Standards for Optical Businesses which will come into force on 1 October. The new standards have been positively received and reflect ‘what businesses are already doing’.


To help business registrants with the implementation of the new standards, we will be holding a webinar called ‘Standards for Optical Businesses – an introduction’ on Wednesday 18 September at 17:30 which will feature a panel of opinion leaders, GOC committee members and staff, and experts from across the optical sector. The webinar will include information about why the business standards are important and how they can be applied in every day practice.


The webinar has been CET approved for both optometrists and dispensing opticians and will be worth one interactive CET point.


We are keen to find out what you would like to know about the new business standards, so please email your questions to and we will answer as many as we can during the webinar.


To register for the webinar, click here.




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