Getting ready for new CET
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Getting ready for the new CET

CET websiteAs you know, we’re planning enhancements to our CET scheme which will come into effect from the start of the next cycle on 1 January 2013.

Over the next few months we will be developing a new set of Principles and Requirements and exploring additional functionality for CETOptics. These are designed to encourage you to undertake a wider range of CET, relating it to your scope of practice and to areas of greater risk.

You will need to spread your CET activity across the cycle and it will no longer be permissible to gain all your points through one mode of learning, or solely in areas which interest you. Instead you will need to gain your 36 general points across all relevant competency areas.In addition, optometrists and contact lens opticians will have to do at least one peer review activity per cycle.

Linda Kennaugh, Head of Education and Standards, said: “We hope registrants will recognise the value of doing a wider range of CET, and in areas linked to any areas of risk within their scope of practice.”

We’re making sure that tracking your CET progress is easy, so you’ll be able to check your activity by logging into your CETOptics account. We’re working closing with professional and representative bodies and CET providers to ensure that barriers such as cost, availability and approval criteria are addressed. This will mean you’ll be able tomeet the new requirements when they come into force from 1 January 2013.

Linda continued: “With these enhancements we are confident that our CET scheme will satisfy government requirements for revalidation. We continue to reassure the public that registrants keep their knowledge and skills up to date, andremain safe and fit to practise.”

We exhibited at Optometry Tomorrow in Liverpool and had the chance to talk to registrants. A particular issue concerned how peer review will work for those people who don’t work in practice, for example academics.

Linda explained “The GOC is working with providers to ensure that there will be Peer Review CET events available for those registrants not in clinical practice. These events will use sample patient records and case studies for discussion.”

We will be at Optrafair 2011 between 9 and 11 April on Stand V54 in the Association Cafe. Do come and see us to discuss your CET issues or anything else with GOC staff. We look forward to meeting you.


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