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New Codes of Conduct: what to expect from your optician

11 Jan 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is holding an event on 16 February to discuss implications of the new Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants, and what patients can expect when they visit their optician.

All those with an interest in how the new Codes of Conduct will work in practice are invited to attend, particularly: patients, the public, employers and other healthcare regulators.

Time and venue:

  • 16 February: 16:30 – 18:00
  • Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. 
  • The event will follow the GOC’s stakeholder consultation session on revalidation. The revalidation session takes place at the same venue, from 10:00-15:45. Full details are available from www.optical.org . Delegates are welcome to attend both consultation events.


The revised Code of Conduct comes into effect on 1 April, and describes the key principles of good practice and professional conduct to which all UK opticians must adhere. If a registrant fails to comply with the duties and responsibilities set out in the Code, they are putting their registration at risk.

Following a consultation last year, the GOC updated the Code to include major changes such as:

  • All registrants have an obligation to report any concerns they have about themselves, or a colleague, that they may not be fit to practise;
  • Making it clearer that it is not merely inappropriate conduct in a person’s professional life which may put their registration at risk, but also their personal conduct whilst not practising; and
  • Registrants need to be aware of and comply with guidance on the issue of patient consent.

Register your interest

The event is free to attend but space is limited, so delegates are advised to register their interest in advance. Book your place online or contact Simon Grier on 020 7307 3478 or sgrier@optical.org  
 

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