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First GOC hearings set for new Farringdon offices

2 Oct 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) will next week hold its first fitness to practise hearing at its new Farringdon offices.

A private interim order review takes place on Friday 9 October, with the first public hearing starting on Monday 12 October.

The new offices will be able to accommodate all future GOC hearings in-house, as well as Council meetings, training, stakeholder meetings and other events which the regulator has previously had to hold off-site.

Josie Lloyd, GOC Director of Resources, said: “Moving our hearings to our new offices in Farringdon is an important landmark for the GOC. Having all of our activities taking place under one roof will be of enormous benefit in ensuring we work efficiently as an organisation.”

The new office will also provide a more modern working environment for GOC staff and will improve accessibility.

The GOC hopes that its staff will now move into the new office in November. The regulator had originally hoped to move by the end of the summer, but has been delayed by work to install its internet and telephone lines. All staff remain working at 41 Harley Street in the interim.

Josie Lloyd added, “There will be real benefits to moving so in an ideal world we would all be in Farringdon already. But short delays with communications infrastructure are not unexpected with an office move, so we’re staying at Harley Street for a little bit longer in line with our contingency planning.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. The GOC’s new address will be 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG. It is within a short walk of Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations, as well as St. Paul’s tube

2. A full list of upcoming hearings is available at https://www.optical.org/en/Investigating_complaints/Hearings/future_hearings/index.cfm


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Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

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