Enhanced CET: registrants make flying start
General Optical Council eBulletin 16
July 2013

Enhanced CET: registrants make flying start

GOC registrants have made a flying start to our new enhanced CET scheme.

So far, over 4,000 optometrists and contact lens opticians have already undertaken peer review CET – 29% of those who need to do so by the end of 2015. 

GOC Head of Education and Standards, Linda Ford, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to see such a positive early take-up of peer review. Over the last few months I’ve been to peer review events all over the UK and have spoken to hundreds of registrants.

“We understand that many registrants may feel a little nervous before taking part in peer review for the first time but the overwhelming majority have found it to be a hugely valuable experience and plan to attend further events.”

Peer review is designed to offer an environment where registrants can engage in case-based discussion with their peers. This will help them to consider their own decision making and learn from each other’s experience and expertise.

All optometrists and contact lens optician must now take part in at least one peer review session per three-year CET cycle. There are three types of peer review that registrants can take part in:

1. Registrant led peer review - these groups of four to ten will see registrants bringing their own cases for discussion. One registrant must act as the group leader taking responsibility for organising the event, obtaining GOC approval and confirming the attendees and learning objectives achieved. They must also fully participate in the discussion.

2. Peer discussion event – this is a CET provider-led event where cases or topics are provided. These events can involve a large number of attendees and must be facilitated with large groups splitting into smaller groups of between four and ten registrants plus a facilitator for discussion

3. Online realtime audio participation - if a registrant is able to demonstrate exceptional circumstances resulting in them being unable to physically attend one peer review event over a three year period, we will consider participation via online realtime audio and video services.

Linda Ford added, “We’re very happy with the way that registrants have embraced enhanced CET so far. Instead of just doing the minimum one peer review session per cycle required by the GOC, many optometrists and contact lens opticians are now planning to get lots of their CET points from peer review and other interactive methods. We are also delighted that so many dispensing opticians have chosen to participate in peer review in order to obtain interactive points and to learn from colleagues and peers.”

The old CETOptics site has now closed and all registrants must now log their CET points via the MyGOC section of our website. This means registrants can log CET, keep their contact details up-to-date and apply for retention each year in the same place using one username and password.

The new system allows you to find CET in your local area or online, log points and keep track of your progress in meeting your CET requirements.

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