Issue 8, Autumn 2011
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GOC cuts retention fee

Last week we announced that we will be cutting our retention fee for the second year in a row.


Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses will all pay £260 to register for 2012-13, while the fee for low income earners has also been cut, to £160. The fee for students will remain £20.


Read more here


GOC launches improved registers search

It is now easier for the public to check their optician is registered following the launch of the improved registers search facility on our website.


You can now search for a local optician with a registered specialty - for example a contact lens optician, or an optometrist able to independently prescribe drugs for eye conditions.  


Read about the improvements here


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CET in focus at National Optometric Conference

With just over a year left to run on the current CET cycle, Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, used this year’s National Optometric Conference as an opportunity to update delegates on the enhanced CET scheme.


Read the latest on the changes to our CET scheme


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Students give thumbs up to online retention

Student registrants have followed those who are fully-qualified in giving the thumbs up to our new online retention system, according to a recent survey.


Read the survey results

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Significant drop in student retention removals

This September we removed 217 students from our registers for failing to renew their registration for 2011-12.


The number represents a significant drop in the number of student optometrists and dispensing opticians failing to meet the 31 August late application deadline. At the same time last year, we removed 386 students from our registers.


Read about the 2011 student retention period

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New director of regulation

Mandie Lavin has been appointed as our interim director of regulation. Mandie, a qualified barrister, has significant experience of working in regulation. She is a former director of the Bar Standards Board and was director of fitness to practise and legal affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.


Read all of directors' full biographies

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News in brief

Citizens Advice Conference


In September, we exhibited for the third year in a row at Citizens Advice Conference in York. We met hundreds of staff and volunteers from bureaux, and explained to them about the role of the GOC and the types of complaints we can help with.



Annual Report


Our 2010-11 Annual Report is now online. It reviews our work and achievements from April 2010 to March 2011, including work we have done to enhance our registration systems, information about changes to our CET scheme, registration statistics and our accounts.



Carrots Nightwalk


Team GOC raised a total of £1,952.50 for research into sight-threatening conditions on Fight for Sight’s 15 mile Carrots Nightwalk. Eight GOC staff and Council member James Russell completed the walk - a big thank you to everyone who sponsored the team.



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