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General Optical Council appoints Replay Learning Ltd to deliver a modernised IT system

8 May 2012

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Replay Learning Ltd in collaboration with Sliced Bread Ltd to develop an interactive user-friendly IT infrastructure, following a tender process. The IT system will support registrants and training providers to meet the requirements of the enhanced Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme, due to come into effect in January 2013.

Users will access the CET system through the GOC’s website, with registrants able to view their targets and track progress within their CET portfolio. The GOC will provide a dedicated helpline and email support service for registrants to manage CET related enquiries.

Under the new scheme, an independent panel established by the GOC will undertake the approval and quality assurance of CET. This will maintain the approval process as an arms-length, independent operation.

Samantha Peters, chief executive and registrar of the GOC, said: “The new system will enable registrants to get the most out of our enhanced CET scheme by being more interactive, tracking the points they accrue, finding the right events to attend and being kept up to date with developments.

“It will also sit within the ‘MyGOC’ area of our website, so registrants will be able to manage their CET, complete online retention, update their contact details and read all our news and guidance from the same place. The strong and effective partnership of Replay Learning Ltd and Sliced Bread Ltd brings a wealth of experience in CET and we’re delighted to be working with them on this project.”

Peter Charlesworth, managing director of Replay Learning Ltd, said: “We are looking forward to working with the GOC to develop a modern, easy to use system that incorporates technology for mobile devices and tablets. The GOC’s enhanced CET scheme will encourage registrants to participate in more relevant and interactive CET and our system is designed to support that.

We have used our experience of delivering CET to approach the system design from a user friendly perspective. Our IT partner, Sliced Bread Ltd, will build the infrastructure with our input and staff involved in CET Provision within Replay Learning Ltd will be limited to the same access rights as any other provider.”

Over the next 12 months the GOC will implement a new, transparent data sharing scheme to ensure all providers have access to relevant data collected about registrants’ CET activities and available CET provision. This will give assurance that no provider is in a preferred position and will help all providers to deliver the variety and availability of CET events needed for registrants to meet their targets.


ENDS

For further information please contact:

Neil Drake

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3473

e: ndrake@optical.org


Notes to editors

The GOC’s enhanced CET scheme launches in January 2013 – more details of it are available here: http://www.optical.org/en/our_work/Education/enhanced-cet-post--2012/index.cfm

About the General Optical Council:

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, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

About Replay Learning Ltd:

Replay Learning Ltd is the largest independent provider of Continuing Education and Training (CET) in the optical industry. Led by optometrist Peter Charlesworth, Replay Learning Ltd has been providing a broad range of CET to optometrists, dispensing opticians and students since 1998.

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