Education Strategic Review consultation
General Optical Council eBulletin 35
December 2017

Education Strategic Review consultation

We know patient need is changing, that new and different services are being delivered in the community and that technology is changing what our registrants are doing now and will do in the future.  Our education requirements must therefore be flexible enough to support future practitioners to be confident in practising as the optical sector changes.

Following on from our initial Call for Evidence last year, we have now launched a consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training in the future as part of the next phase of our Education Strategic Review.

The consultation considers a series of ways of helping to ensure future optometrists and dispensing opticians are supported to be safe, confident and competent new practitioners in an optical sector where patient need, service delivery and business models are changing fast. The 11 concepts and principles explored in the consultation aim to:

  • free up universities and colleges to develop innovative, responsive and agile education programmes that can respond to a changing optical sector and continue to protect the public;

  • put patient safety at the heart of education and training through early, varied and regular clinical exposure for students;

  • recognise the important place optical services have as part of a wider health system by promoting multi-professional learning;

  • enable new relationships between education providers, employers and professional associations that can effectively prepare students for autonomous or team based practice in a range of settings; and 

  • develop a more proportionate approach to the regulation of education providers through a risk-based outcomes-led approach to approving and quality assuring education providers. 

We are now seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders - so if you are an education and training institution, optical professional or student, a patient representative, employer or a professional body, we would love to hear from you.

The consultation is now open and will run until Friday 16 March. To find out more about the consultation and to respond please visit our website.



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