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General Optical Council eBulletin 38
October 2018

Welcome from Lesley Longstone

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.

The end of the 2016-18 CET cycle is quickly approaching and in this issue we remind registrants of the upcoming deadline and importance of meeting their requirements in a timely manner.

In this edition, we give you an update on our Education Strategic Review (ESR) and provide some background on the new proposed standards for education providers and learning outcomes for students. They are built upon the feedback we’ve received so far from the ESR and CET Review and will give education providers more flexibility in how they prepare their courses for students.

Our consultations on draft Standards for Optical Businesses and Continuing Education and Training (CET) closed at the end of this summer and we’d like to thank everyone that took the time to respond. In this issue you will find out more about our next steps and current timelines for implementing these changes.

As Halloween is approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind patients about keeping their eyes safe by only purchasing cosmetic contact lenses from a registered optician. We’ve also included the tips from our Love Your Lenses campaign on practising good lens care.

Also in this issue, we include a letter we received from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding flu vaccinations. We encourage all registrants to get vaccinated as it not only protects you from illness, but also protects against passing on the virus to vulnerable patients.

With best wishes

Lesley Longstone – Chief Executive and Registrar


Welcome to eBulletin

Education Strategic Review update

Thank you: Business Standards and Fit for the Future consultations

Love Your (Spooky) Lenses

CET cycle reminder

Flu vaccinations

News in brief

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