Scottish referendum
General Optical Council eBulletin 22
December 2014

Regulation in Scotland

In September Scotland voted ‘no’ to independence, but the GOC is still very much alive to the differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK in how optometric practice is delivered. GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters, talks to eBulletin about the developing landscape in Scotland:

“Before the referendum we were often asked what effect the two possible results might have had for the GOC. The truth is that there would have been less difference than you might have thought, at least in the short term.

Even with a no vote, we are still regulating in an environment where registrants practice within four different healthcare systems within the four countries of the UK. We have to be constantly alive to that.

Scotland is leading the way in terms of optometrists’ scope of practice, with so many registrants delivering enhanced services in their communities for the benefit of patients, the professions and the efficient use of the NHS’ resource. We’re very happy to see this develop and regulation must facilitate progress while keeping patients safe; regulation must not stand in the way of progress.

In no area of our work is this more evident than in our ongoing standards review. Understanding the differences between the four nations of the UK is absolutely crucial to making the project a success. That’s why we are so keen to hear from registrants in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about their experiences of how practice is changing.

Look out in the New Year for details of how you can get involved."

Samantha 250


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