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eBulletin Issue 2, Autumn 2009

Registrants have their say at GOC listening events

The GOC is currently holding a series of listening events for registrants, employers, and the public, designed to gather ideas about how the GOC registers can be improved.

Listening events feature

Events have already taken place around the UK, in Cardiff, Birmingham and Belfast. The final event is being held in Edinburgh on 27 October. Each session explores how the Opticians Registers could be made more user-friendly, relevant and accessible.

Members of Council are also attending the sessions to ask for suggestions about how the GOC can fulfil its role to protect the public, and support registrants in meeting our standards.

Anthony Newland, a registered dispensing optician , attended the event in Cardiff: “I found the meeting very interesting and informative. I’m pleased that the GOC are listening to the views of registrants – I’d definitely encourage other practitioners to get involved.”

GOC Director of Communications and Information, Kate Fielding commented: “We’ve been really pleased with the quality of the discussions so far. Delegates have give us some great ideas about how we can raise awareness of the Council’s work amongst registrants, employers and the public, and it’s been great to meet and talk to registrants from different areas. We’re planning more events like this in the future.”

If you are interested in attending the event in Edinburgh, or would like to be informed of future GOC events, contact Simon Grier at or on 020 7307 3478.