Standards review: call for evidence
General Optical Council eBulletin 22
December 2014

Standards review consultation feedback

All feedback is now in following the call for evidence that we published in July to publicly launch our standards strategic review.

At their public meeting on 12 November, Council heard that there was broad support for the review with the overall feedback from the consultation positive about the objectives of the project. Many responses noted how scopes of practice would change in the future as a result of a number of factors. These include anticipated changes in technology, an ageing and growing population and increasing financial pressure on the NHS. There was a more general concern among respondents that the rate of change of scopes of practice would differ in each of the nations of the UK and that we should be mindful of this when setting our standards.

We will use the responses to inform the development of our new standards of ethics and performance. We will consult on these from March 2015 to May 2015. There will then be a further consultation looking ahead at how standards of competence, education and training and the system of regulation more generally will need to change.

Council also heard how we have made particular efforts to engage with stakeholders in the devolved nations of the UK. Understanding the changing scopes of practice in the four nations will be crucial to the success of the project.

We thank our stakeholders for their willingness to engage so constructively with the review so far. We are determined to ensure regulation helps rather than hinders developments in optical practice that would be in the interests of patients and the wider public.

We will be publishing the full statement on the call to evidence in December. The statement will summarise all feedback received during the consultation period, bring out the main themes and set out the next steps that we will take as our review progresses.

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