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Revalidation and CET on GOC agenda at Optometry Tomorrow

1 Apr 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is exhibiting at this year’s Optometry Tomorrow conference, hosted by the College of Optometrists. The event takes place at York Racecourse on 18-19 April, and the GOC is inviting delegates to visit the GOC stand, and meet Council representatives to offer their views on the issues affecting them.

The GOC is currently in the middle of a series of consultations on revalidation, and is looking at how Continuing Education and Training (CET) may form part of the scheme. Throughout the Optometry Tomorrow conference, GOC staff will be on hand to answer any queries and listen to feedback on the proposals so far.

GOC director of standards, Jon Levett, said: “The Optometry Tomorrow conference is a good opportunity for the GOC to remind the optical professions just how important their opinions will be in shaping their revalidation scheme. The future of revalidation and CET are still to be decided so it is important that we understand registrants’ opinions and professional experiences, to help us develop both schemes so that they are relevant and worthwhile for practitioners. Revalidation will be a big change for everyone in optics, and this is just one of the many opportunities that registrants will have throughout the year to get involved.”

Other topics for discussion at the GOC stand could include:

  • Developing CET: in addition to looking at how CET may be linked to revalidation, the regulator is asking questions such as whether registrants should be required to earn a minimum number of points in particular subject areas and what barriers they face in completing their CET.
  • New Codes of Conduct: on 1 April the GOC launched its new Codes of Conduct for individual and business registrants. Registrants can pick up a copy of the new Codes and ask any questions.
  • Promoting your GOC registration: this spring, in response to feedback from optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses, the Council will launch a ‘registration toolkit’ containing practical guidance and materials to help registrants promote their GOC registration. Further information will be available at Optometry Tomorrow.

In addition, on Monday 19 April GOC Director of Standards, Jon Levett will deliver a presentation on what lies ahead for a revalidation scheme for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmarch@optical.org

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The GOC will be exhibiting at stand 15 in the exhibition hall.

2. From January 2013, all opticians will have to undergo revalidation to demonstrate at regular intervals that they remain up to date with GOC standards, have the required skills to enable them to practise safely and effectively, and they remain fit to practise. The Council is consulting on revalidation throughout 2010.

3. Further details of the development of the GOC’s revalidation scheme can be found at http://www.optical.org/en/about_us/revalidation/index.cfm  

4. The GOC has published two independent research reports on risk profiling and employer appraisal. Both are available from the GOC website, www.optical.org  

5. Jon Levett’s Optometry Tomorrow presentation on revalidation takes place from 16:30 – 17:35 on Monday 19 April.

6. The new Codes of Conduct can be found at http://www.optical.org/en/our_work/Standards/Standards_in_conduct.cfm  
 

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