Issue 38, October 2018
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Welcome to eBulletin

Welcome to the October edition of the eBulletin. I am excited to have joined the General Optical Council (GOC) as the Chief Executive and Registrar while Vicky McDermott, the GOC’s permanent Chief Executive, is on a period of absence for personal reasons.

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CET cycle reminder

We are now in the final couple months of the 2016-18 CET cycle and 60 per cent of registrants have met all their requirements.

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Education Strategic Review update

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve and modernise optical education, we will soon be consulting on proposed new standards for education providers and proposed new learning outcomes for students. 

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Love Your (Spooky) Lenses

It’s that time of year again – falling leaves, pumpkin flavoured things and Halloween! As part of the Love Your Lenses (LYL) campaign, we are reminding people of our tips to avoid getting spooked by eye damage this Halloween, and we encourage you to do the same.

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Thank you: Business Standards and Fit for the Future consultations

Our consultations on draft Standards for Optical Businesses and Continuing Education and Training (CET) closed in August and September, respectively, with both receiving hundreds of responses from stakeholders, registrants and the public. We’d like to thank everyone that took the time to respond. 

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Flu vaccinations

Summer is officially over and the temperature has dropped, signalling that it’s that time of year again to get your flu vaccination.

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News in Brief

Student roadshows


Following last year’s success with our student roadshows, we’ve conducted them again this year as an opportunity for first year optical students to learn about GOC and what we do. Volunteers from GOC visited a total of 13 universities across England, Scotland and Wales and gave a short presentation highlighting our education standards, registration and Continuing Education and Training (CET). We’ve received positive feedback from universities and plan to continue the roadshows next year.


Shared email address update


We’d like to remind all registrants that they should be registered with GOC using an individual email address that is not shared. If you are using a shared email address or are unsure, please log into your MyGOC account and change your email address if necessary. It helps us know that when we contact you, we are indeed contacting you and not the other person also using the same email address.


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