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'Enhanced version of CET' could play a role in revalidation

29 Mar 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published independent research that suggests an ‘enhanced version of CET’ could form part of the revalidation scheme for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Two independent research reports have been published by the Council, one looking at risk profiling in optics, and one at whether employer appraisal should form part of revalidation. A further report by the GOC summarises the findings from the Council’s five revalidation consultation events, held across the UK throughout February.

The findings propose that the existing CET scheme could be enhanced so that practitioners have more interaction with assessors and other registrants, to enable CET to be used as evidence toward revalidation. Other conclusions include: 

  • Revalidation must be proportionate to the different levels of risk posed by optometrists and dispensing opticians.
  • Overall, the level of risk in optics is comparatively low.
  • The use of peer review, peer assessment and learning with other clinicians could form part of revalidation.
  • Employer appraisal in its current state should not be used in revalidation.
  • The existing CET scheme should be developed to focus training across key core competencies.

GOC director of standards, Jon Levett commented: “This independent research will be valuable as the GOC starts to look more closely at how revalidation might work. At this stage, nothing has been finalised and the proposals are constantly evolving in response to research and consultation. We are working closely with the optical professions, patients and other partners, to ensure the scheme is shaped by those who will be most affected once it is implemented. A range of further events, projects and pilots are planned for 2010 and beyond, so there will be a wealth of opportunities for all those who are interested in revalidation to get involved.”

Download both reports from our website. Registrants can also comment on the future of CET by replying to the online survey for optometrists and dispensing opticians. The survey has had over 900 responses so far and remains open until 6 April.

The GOC anticipates that revalidation will begin in January 2013, and will take place over a six-year cycle. This will mean one sixth of GOC registrants undergoing revalidation each year.


For media enquiries please contact:

Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. The GOC’s revalidation consultation events took place between 8-19 February in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, and were funded by the Department of Health. A further event about the future of CET took place in London on 25 March. Further consultation opportunities will be announced later this year.

2. The consultation process began in March 2009 with an open consultation on the GOC’s initial proposals for revalidation.

3. The two independent reports are:

· A report on risk profiling in optics by Deborah Kelly, of Europe Economics; and

· A report on whether employer appraisal can be used in revalidation, by independent consultant David Moore.

4. Deborah Kelly and David Moore both presented their research findings at the GOC revalidation events. The events were independently facilitated.



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