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GOC consults providers on future of CET scheme

28 Jun 2010

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The GOC is inviting all CET providers to suggest and discuss improvements to its CET scheme at an event in Birmingham on 30 July.

The Council expects an enhanced version of CET to play a large part in its revalidation scheme from January 2013. Over the last year, the GOC has been working with registrants, patients and the optical profession to explore how the scheme may work with revalidation and whether it can be improved.

This event is specifically tailored to CET providers. Delegates will be asked how CET provision can be developed, particularly in terms of peer review and clinical skills workshops. The event will also look at barriers to completing these types of CET.

GOC director of education, Linda Kennaugh said: “CET providers can give us a unique perspective into how we can improve the scheme by sharing their ideas and experiences. This event will build on the consultation work we have already conducted this year about the future of CET.

“In particular, the discussion will look at peer review and skills workshops, two learning methods which help registrants boost their practical skills, to see how we can make these methods more valuable for registrants and improve take-up of these types of CET. Training providers are well-placed to provide expertise in this area so we expect it to be a valuable event that will make a strong contribution to future GOC policy.”

The GOC will also update event delegates on its current proposals for CET and revalidation after 2012.

The event takes place on 30 July from 14:00 – 17:00 at Aston Business School, Birmingham. It is free to attend but delegates must register their interest with the GOC in advance. Delegates can sign up for the event at or by contacting Simon Grier at or on 020 7307 3478.


For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

Notes to editors:

1. Further information about CET is available from:  

2. The current CET cycle runs from January 2010 – December 2012. Registrants must earn 36 general CET points (and 12 specialist points where appropriate) by 31 December 2012 to stay on the GOC registers.

3. Already this year, the GOC has held seven consultation events around the UK about the future of CET and revalidation. The Council also conducted an online registrants’ survey about CET, which received nearly 1,000 responses. GOC staff attended the Optometry Tomorrow conference to receive delegate feedback on the future of the schemes – all of these engagement methods have helped to influence GOC policy on CET and revalidation.

4. The event agenda is at:

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