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GOC sets priorities for next five years

15 Mar 2010

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The GOC will support UK eyecare in delivering high-quality care, modernise its functions and engage with its stakeholders, under its new five-year strategy for 2010-15. The strategy was approved by Council at its 25 February meeting, and takes effect from 1 April.

The Council’s three main priorities for the next five years will be to:

  • Develop the regulatory framework to support UK eyecare in delivering safe, high-quality care which meets society’s needs and expectations;
  • Continue to modernise our core functions and put in place systems for improvement to become more efficient and more effective;
  • Promote a wider understanding of our role and engage stakeholders (including the public, patients, registrants, educators and their representatives) in our work.

Commenting on the launch of the strategy, GOC chief executive and registrar, Dian Taylor said: “Our 2010-15 strategy sets out a number of exciting priorities for the future. The consultation process has been invaluable, offering us the opportunity to listen to the views of those who are affected by our work. To ensure our work priorities continue to meet the needs of patients, registrants, and the demands of the future, stakeholder feedback has shaped the strategy from day one. Council members and staff look forward to implementing the strategy over the next five years, so that we can continue to deliver effective, robust public protection.”

The strategy is available from, and sets out the steps the GOC will take to meet its objectives and how it will measure success in doing so.

A two-phase consultation process was carried out throughout 2009, into February 2010. Stakeholder groups including patient groups, employers, optical bodies and registrants were all invited to offer their thoughts and suggestions on the Council’s future work.


For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. The strategy comes into effect on 1 April. It covers the period April 2010 - March 2015.

2. The first consultation phase ran from May – August 2009 and helped Council to formulate its draft strategy. The second phase consulted on the draft strategy and ran from December 2009 – January 2010

3. The strategy is available at:  

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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 23,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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