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Regulators Launch First Joint Publication

21 Jul 2006

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General Optical Council Press Release – 21 July 2006

For immediate release

Regulators Launch First Joint Publication

The UK’s 13 Health and Social Care regulators have today launched a new leaflet entitled, “Who regulates health and social care professionals?”

The leaflet is the result of a joint initiative by all of the regulatory bodies including the General Optical Council (GOC).

The leaflet provides a useful ‘signposting tool’ for the general public outlining which regulatory body is responsible for monitoring each profession and provides contact details for all of the organisations.

Commenting on what this will mean for the public, Gary Fitzgerald of Action on Elder Abuse said: "We welcome this initiative as a means of giving important information to a wide audience. We know from the calls to our helpline that when the public are unenlightened it interferes with their ability to raise concerns. This document has a real value in educating the public about who they can turn to with their questions. Health and social care professionals have a unique and powerful role to play where older people are concerned and it's important that people are confident that these same professionals are accountable. This document has our full support."

The leaflet is available to download. It is also available in large print and in 12 languages.


Notes for Editors

1. There are 13 regulatory bodies within the UK responsible for each of the health and social care professions.

2. The Joint UK Health and Social Care Regulators' Public and Patient Involvement Group is made up of the 13 organisations. The Group works to enhance the role of patient and public involvement within health and social care regulation. Council and staff members from each of the organisations are represented.

Health Care

? General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
? General Dental Council (GDC)
? General Medical Council (GMC)
? General Optical Council (GOC)
? General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
? Health Professions Council (HPC)
? Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
? Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
? Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
? Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)

Social Care

? Care Council for Wales
? General Social Care Council (GSCC)
? Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
? Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

3. 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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Fielding
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472
m: 07763 210019

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