Issue 9, February 2012
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CET: over 60 per cent of registrants still have work to do

This is the final year of the current CET cycle, which means that all fully-qualified registrants must reach their points target by 31 December 2012. All registrants failing to complete their CET on time risk removal from the opticians registers.


Read full details about this year's CET deadline

GOC retention deadline - 17 days to go

There are now just 17 days left until the 15 March retention deadline. To date, 46 per cent of registrants are still to renew their registration for 2012-13. Fully-qualified registrants and optical businesses must renew their GOC retention by the deadline or risk being removed from the registers.

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Fitness to practise in focus: dealing with dishonesty

In this issue of eBulletin, we look at the learning points taken from recent fitness to practise cases involving dishonesty.

The current Code of Conduct (in force since April 2010) requires all registrants to be honest and trustworthy. This applies in a registrant’s personal life and professional life.

Read the full article with fitness to practise case studies

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Samantha Peters visits RNIB

We have a strong commitment to working with patient and public interest bodies. With that in mind, chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters recently visited The Royal National Institute for the Blind ( RNIB ) to learn more about the Action for Blind People Low Vision service.


Read about the Action for Blind People service and the UK Vision Strategy here

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Reminder to registrants


We would like to remind all registrants who are performers included in a PCT's performers list of their ongoing duty to notify the PCT should they become subject to an investigation into their professional conduct.


This applies to any investigation by any licensing, regulatory or other body (Regulation 9(1)(i) of the National Health Service (Performers List) Regulations 2004) within 7 days.


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News in brief

Citizens Advice Scotland conference

We will be exhibiting at the Citizens Advice Scotland section of The Gathering event in Glasgow this week. Staff will be meeting delegates to raise awareness of our role as the optical regulator, and raising awareness about the types of complaints that we can help with.

Optometry Tomorrow

Then from 18-19 March, we will be exhibiting at the College of Optometrists’ Optometry Tomorrow Conference in Brighton. Staff will be happy to answer any questions, and registrants will be able to find out more about the new CET scheme and how the changes will affect them from January 2013. You can also come along to our stand and pick up copies of GOC information booklets. 



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