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GOC launches committee recruitment campaign

14 Sep 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a recruitment drive for up to 50 individuals to sit on its statutory committees. Positions on committees are open to optometrists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmologists and lay people.

The Council is recruiting applicants to the following five committees:

  • Standards Committee advises Council on matters relating to the standards of performance and conduct that GOC registrants, and potential registrants, must meet.
  • Education Committee sets the criteria for GOC-approved courses in optics, approves courses which meet GOC standards and carry out visits to quality assure courses.
  • Registration Committee advises Council on issues regarding GOC registration.
  • Investigation Committee considers evidence about Fitness to Practise complaints and decides what course of action to take.
  • Companies Committee gives advice to Council on matters relating to business registrants.

GOC chief executive and registrar, Dian Taylor commented: “Each committee will provide valuable advice and support to the GOC on a range of issues. To ensure our work and policies remain fair, robust and transparent, it is crucial that our committees reflect a fair balance of stakeholder views by including both registrants and lay people.”

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. Committees play a crucial role in providing advice and assistance to Council.

The closing date for applications is 7 October 2009. Anyone interested in applying should visit or call 020 7307 3928 for an application form.

Download an application pack


For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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. The GOC welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

3. Visit or contact 020 7307 3928 for information packs and an application form.

4. It is expected that interviews will be held in November 2009 and early 2010.

5. The positions are being advertised in the Sunday Times and the Guardian. A Welsh language advertisement will appear in the Welsh-language newspaper Golwg.

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