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10,000 registrants complete peer review

18 Mar 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has revealed that over 10,000 registrants have now undertaken peer review as part of their Continued Education and Training (CET).

The figures mean that over two thirds of registrants who must take part in at least one peer review activity by the end of 2015 have done so. Peer review is a compulsory part of the GOC’s CET scheme for optometrists and contact lens opticians.

Linda Ford, Head of Education and Standards, said: “Peer review is a valuable way for registrants to keep their skills and knowledge up to date by learning from each other’s experience and sharing best practice.

“We are very pleased that a year on from the launch of our enhanced CET scheme so many registrants have already participated.

“In particular we are pleased to see that CET providers and individuals have organised enough activities to enable so many registrants to take part in peer review well before the end of the cycle.

“Optometrists and contact lens opticians only have to do a minimum of one peer review activity per CET cycle. However, it is really good to see that many registrants have enjoyed their first experience of peer review and have chosen to attend more than one session.”

The GOC introduced the requirement following research that identified risks arising from registrants working and undertaking CET in professional isolation.

Other changes introduced as part of the new CET scheme include a requirement to gain at least six CET points for each year of the cycle and at least 50 per cent of points must be by interactive learning methods.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

Notes to editors

1. The current three-year CET cycle began on 1 January 2013 and will run until 31 December 2015.

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