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GOC recruiting education visit panel members

31 Aug 2012

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a recruitment drive for new members of its education visit panels.

The regulator is recruiting optometrists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmologists and lay people with a background in higher or further education to the roles.

The recruits will help the GOC to quality assure and approve qualifications leading to GOC registration – one of its four core functions as a regulator.

The GOC periodically make visits to assess optical training institutions and professional qualifying examinations. Visitors’ reports are used to determine whether to continue or withdraw approval of the training institution or professional examination.

Visitors may also make recommendations for the revision or improvement of a course or examination.

Linda Ford, GOC head of education and standards said: “The work of our visit panels is vital to our public protection remit. The panels ensure that education institutions are giving their students the best possible preparation for their careers.

“This includes talking to tutors, staff and students about the course as well as assuring that GOC core competencies are being taught and assessed. All optometry and dispensing optics students must be trained to the high standards we set and our visit panels are essential in making sure that happens.”

Applicants should have recent experience in either optical practice or further or higher education.

Visitors are not salaried but receive a daily fee. They will typically need to be available for ten days a year, plus two days for training purposes in the first year. Visits take place across the UK.

For application details, candidates should visit our current vacancies page or contact Matthew Crawford 0207 307 3472. The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 21 September 2012


For further information please contact:
Neil Drake
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. Appointees must be able to analyse complex information and make reliable and objective judgements. Prior experience of audit and quality assurance would be useful but full training will be given.

2. The GOC is committed to the active promotion and support of equal opportunities

3. A list of the GOC’s current visiting panel members is available at

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 25,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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