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Other decisions from Council

13 Mar 2008

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i) Revised optometry curriculum approved
Members approved a revised undergraduate optometry core curriculum. Each learning stage reached at degree level now directly relates to the core competencies required for entry to the pre-registration training period. The reformatted curriculum is now presented in a competency-based format to enable regulators in host countries, including the UK, to make easier comparisons with other systems, and assess whether any compensation training is required before a potential registrant can train.

ii) Members agree 2008/9 Business Plan
The GOC business plan for 2008/9 was approved by members. It was agreed that action to protect the public in respect of illegal sales of optical appliances should be identified as a policy priority. The plan outlines key challenges and objectives for the coming year. The work undertaken during this period is concerned with driving forward changes outlined in the Government’s White Paper, whilst continuing to carrying out the four core functions across standards; education; registration; and fitness to practise.
iii) Council elect Deputy Chairman and Treasurer
Members elected Geoff Harris and Moira Black to the positions of Council deputy chairman and treasurer respectively. The deputy chairman’s duties involve presiding over Council meetings in the absence of the chairman. The treasurer supervises the income and expenditure of the Council.

iv) Revised Handbook for Optometry Training Establishments approved
A revised Handbook for visiting optometry training establishments was approved by members. Council’s Education Committee has updated the Handbook which will be used by panels when approving optometry training establishments in the UK.

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