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GOC announces new Standards and Education Committee members

12 Apr 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the names of 15 new Committee members who have been approved to sit on its statutory Standards and Education Committees.

The following have been appointed to the Standards Committee:

Dispensing opticians
Susan Southgate
Rosemary Bailey

Optometrists
Margaret Mary McMullan
Christine Edwards
David Cartwright

Lay ophthalmologist
Wojciech Karwatowski

Lay
Anne Grocock
Stuart Heatherington
Jon Levett (chair)

The following have been appointed to the Education Committee:

Dispensing opticians
Rosemary Bailey
Jo Underwood

Optometrists

Brendan Barrett
Nicholas Sheen
Adrian Jennings

Lay ophthalmologist
Peter Kyle

Lay
David Pyle
Michael Yates
Linda Kennaugh (chair)

GOC chief executive and registrar, Dian Taylor said: “Both the Standards and Education Committees play a pivotal role in the work of Council by offering expert advice to help shape GOC policy. The organisation will benefit from the expertise and experience that our new committee members bring to the table, and GOC staff and Council members welcome this opportunity to work together to ensure we continue to deliver effective public protection.”

Members of the Standards Committee advise Council on matters relating to the standards of performance and conduct which GOC registrants, and potential registrants, must meet. The Education Committee sets the criteria for GOC-approved courses in optics, approves courses which meet GOC standards and carries out visits to quality assure courses.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1. Appointments are for a period of up to four years. Committee members do not receive a salary but are offered a daily fee, plus expenses. It is anticipated that members will work up to three days per month.

2. As a result of government reforms to all UK healthcare regulatory bodies, a smaller, more board-like Council of 12 members took up office in April 2009. In contrast to the Council’s previous committee structure, where committees were populated by Council members, committees are now independent of Council.

3. The recruitment process for the Council’s other statutory committees has been completed. Members have been recruited to the Registration and Investigation committees. Read the full announcement for these appointments at http://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/news_item.cfm?id=0EA952A2-B1CE-4C5F-837056EA098B47A9  

4. Paul Hutchence has also now been appointed as a member of the Council’s Investigation Committee.

5. The Companies Committee’s statutory status will be removed in a Section 60 order due to be consulted on in the spring, and with implementation expected in late 2010. Council considered the implications of this situation at its meeting on 18 December 2009 and agreed that it would not be an efficient use of resources to proceed with appointments to the Committee at the present time. Therefore, existing members of Companies Committee have been offered reappointment for a period of 12 months from 1 March 2010.

6. In April 2009, Council appointed Jon Levett as chair of Standards Committee, and Linda Kennaugh as chair of Education Committee. Jon Levett is Director of Standards, and deputy registrar. Linda Kennaugh is Director of Education.

Biographies

Susan Southgate
Sue Southgate qualified as a dispensing optician in 1978 and has worked in optics continually since then. Sue is currently a senior lecturer in ophthalmic dispensing at Anglia Ruskin University. She has been a practical and theory examiner for ABDO in the UK and overseas for nearly 20 years and is a member of the ABDO Journal CET advisory panel. She is on the management committee of the Optical Consumer Complaints Service and was also a member of the GOC Fitness to Practise Panel until February 2010. Sue is a past member of the ABDO Council and CET Committee.

Rosemary Bailey
Rosemary Bailey currently practices as a contact lens optician, and is a senior contact lens optician at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She lectures and examines in contact lens practice, and is involved in the organisation of contact lens training courses and CET events. Rosemary is chief examiner in contact lens practice for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and is a member of several ABDO committees. She is a former British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) president (from 1980 to 1981). Rosemary was also a Council member of the GOC from 1994 – 1999, and from 2001 - 2009.

Margaret McMullan
Margaret qualified as an optometrist in 1992, and works for the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland. She has been an optometric adviser for nine years, and continues to work as a locum in independent practice. Margaret has experience in the fields of clinical governance, Continued Education and Training (CET) and regulation. She chairs a multidisciplinary advisory group on mobile eye services which is working towards the publication of formally recognised standards for eyecare provision in nursing, residential homes and day care facilities. Margaret is also currently studying part time for her masters research degree at Queen’s University, Belfast, on the quality of clinical eyecare provision in the domiciliary sector. Margaret is married with four children, and enjoys circuit training and five-a-side football.

Christine Edwards
Christine Edwards is a practising optometrist working in Bristol. She graduated from City University, London in 1981, and has been a member of the College of Optometrists since 1982. Christine has broad experience in optometry encompassing independent, corporate and hospital research. Christine owned her own practice for 20 years, where she worked as the principal optometrist. Her clinical interests include laser optometry and age-related macular degeneration.

David Cartwright
David graduated from City University in 1979 and qualified as an optometrist in 1980. He has since worked in all spheres of optometric practice and is currently professional services director for Boots Opticians Ltd. David is past president of the College of Optometrists, and is a College examiner and assessor for the professional qualifying year. David is married to Yvonne, a practising optometrist, and has two children aged 21 and 23. His hobbies include golf, tennis and occasional triathlons.

Wojciech Karwatowski
Wojciech Karwatowski lives in Leicestershire. He is currently a consultant ophthalmologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. His special interest is in the treatment of glaucoma. Graduating first in biochemistry, then in medicine from the University of Sheffield, he received his ophthalmic training in Bristol and at the Shiley Eye Centre, University of California, San Diego. His MD thesis was on the connective tissue make-up of bruchs membrane. Wojciech has had extensive experience as a medical manager both inside and outside his NHS trust.

Anne Grocock
Anne began her career teaching anatomy at the
University of Oxford, whilst researching reproductive physiology. Anne has held various posts at the university, including bursar of St Antony’s College, and assistant registrar. In 1997 she was also appointed as executive director of the Royal Society of Medicine. Anne has served as a trustee and later deputy chairman of the National Museum of Science and Industry, and for nine years was the first chairman of its Audit Committee. She is currently non-executive director of Oxfordshire and Buckingham Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, a member of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency Audit Committee (MoD) and is on the Owner’s Advisory Board of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (DEFRA). She currently chairs the board of the Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund, and has been a school governor. Anne’s interests are music, sculpture, gardening and travel.

Stuart Heatherington
Stuart Heatherington is a scientist with a background in the private sector where he co-founded and grew an international software company. In recent years he has been the chair of two NHS Trusts, a Council member of the General Optical Council and also of the General Medical Council. He is currently an independent member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Management board, chair of Sussex (northern) Magistrate’s Bench Training and Development Committee and sits on an NHS Research Ethics Committee. Stuart brings experience and knowledge both of the private and public sectors, especially healthcare regulation.

Jo Underwood
Jo is currently principal of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) College at Godmersham in Kent; and programme director of the Foundation Degree, the BSc (Hons) in ophthalmic dispensing, and BSc (Hons) in optical dispensing studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was previously Head of Contact Lenses, and senior lecturer in ophthalmic dispensing and contact lens visual optics. Jo is also a practical examiner in contact lenses and dispensing for ABDO. She lectures and examines in both nationally and internationally. Jo serves on a number of committees representing ophthalmic dispensing and contact lens education, was previously a nominated member of the General Optical Council and is a member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

Brendan Barrett
Brendan Barrett is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford. He graduated as an optometrist in 1989 and has been actively and continuously involved in vision research since beginning his Ph.D. research. He graduated with a PhD in 1994 and then spent two years as a lecturer in optometry at Glasgow Caledonian University before moving to the University of Bradford in 1996 where, currently, he is a Reader in Vision Science and the director of the Vision Science Research Group.

In addition to his teaching duties at Bradford, Brendan also acts as an external examiner for optometry training programmes, in the UK and internationally. He recently completed a BSc degree in psychology.

Nicholas Sheen
Nicholas Sheen worked as an optometrist in independent and multiple practices for three years before studying full-time at Bristol Eye Hospital for a MSc in clinical ophthalmology and optometry. Nicholas completed a PhD at Cardiff University investigating stereoscopic techniques in the diagnosis of glaucoma. He now works as a part-time lecturer in optometric investigative techniques at Cardiff University. He is also an examiner for the College of Optometrists, an expert witness in fitness to practise cases, and a self-employed locum optometrist.

Adrian Jennings
Adrian Jennings is an optometrist. He was previously programme director at Manchester University where he developed the BSc programme and initiated the registrable Master of Optometry qualification. He has been a visitor and an educational adviser to the GOC, an examiner for the College of Optometrists and an assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency. After early retirement from Manchester he spent some time as head of the Dublin optometry department. He is a member of the Boards of Examiners and Management of the ECOO European Diploma, and has experience of optical education and quality assurance in the UK and the EU.

Peter Kyle
Peter Kyle is a consultant ophthalmologist based in the south side of Glasgow, and honorary clinical senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has held a number of positions within the College. He was convenor of the ophthalmology sub-committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and is member of the Scottish Medical Appeal Tribunals and the criminal injury compensation tribunal.

Peter is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow and Edinburgh), the College of Optometry, and is an undergraduate examiner for the University of Glasgow.

He was a member of the General Optical Council from 1998 to 2009.

David Pyle
David began his professional life as a teacher and psychologist, and after ten years moved into universities to train teachers. He retired as pro-vice chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997, after a career at Humberside and Leeds Polytechnics. Since he retired, he has held numerous consultancy positions including work for the University Staff Development Agency and the Teacher Training Agency, and served as part-time chief inspector of an open college. He also chaired the Leeds Metropolitan University's Partnership Committee for ten years. He served as a lay member of the General Optical Council for seven years, and chaired its Education Committee and disciplinary panels. David has a hearing loss and served as a consumer representative on the Hearing Aid Council and was a member of its Disciplinary Committee. He is now a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, chairing its Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee, is an independent member of the Metropolitan Police Authority Misconduct Panel, and a lay member of the Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board.

Michael Yates
Michael Yates is a visiting senior lecturer in pharmacology, and a former head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and deputy director of the undergraduate school in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the investigation committees of the General Optical Council and the General Osteopathic Council, a magistrate on the Leeds Bench and a Mental Health Act Manager. Michael is an author of textbooks, e-learning material and journal articles concerned with science, dental and medical education. He acts as an external examiner at universities in the UK. Michael brings experience in the delivery and management of teaching in higher education with particular expertise in quality assurance.

Paul Hutchence
Paul is an independent optometrist practising in Lancaster. He is a member of the Professional Executive Committee of NHS North Lancashire and Optical Advisor to NHS Cumbria, where he has helped the latter in an anti-fraud investigation. In the past he was the optometrist PEC member of Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust and secretary of the Morecambe Bay Local Optical Committee. He has been in private practice since 1993 and prior to this had experience in multiples and hospital practice. He is the joint chairman of Lancaster Civic Society and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster Loyne.

 

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