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Statement on registrants working in different settings during COVID-19 emergency

14 Apr 2020

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The GOC has published a statement which provides guidance for registrants working or volunteering in different settings during the COVID-19 emergency.

The statement covers the following areas:

  • The NHS and other employers may ask optometrists, dispensing opticians or students to be ready to support the wider COVID-19 response by using their professional skills and experience in different settings in either paid or volunteer roles.
  • The NHS has produced guidance on the wider roles that optometrists and dispensing opticians could support and as a regulator, we want to support registrants responding to calls from the NHS and others, while maintaining patient safety.
  • When an optometrist, dispensing optician or student is providing support to the wider NHS or healthcare system, the same professional standards apply as in any other situation.
  • Registrants should use their professional judgement in deciding whether to perform a task which is an extension of their usual scope of practice or outside of the usual scope of practice of the profession.
  • Registrants need appropriate professional indemnity cover for their clinical scope of practice.

To read the statement in full, visit our COVID-19 page

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