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GOC recruiting for committees

2 May 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a campaign to recruit three new members for its advisory committees.

The regulator is seeking a dispensing optician for its Standards Committee, a lay member for its Education Committee and an optical business representative to sit on the Companies Committee.

Applications close on 27 May at 17:00

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “The committees have a crucial role in enabling Council to make well-informed decisions.

"As we seek to achieve our strategic objective of raising standards across the profession, it is vital for us to understand how optical care is delivered and how it is likely to change. We also need to respond to the Francis Inquiry, including the increased focus on openness and candour.

“We are addressing these and other issues, such as revising the business code of conduct, as part of our ongoing standards review, and our advisory committees will have a big part to play in influencing this work.

“We are looking for experienced candidates who can operate strategically and who have strong communication and influencing skills. I would encourage anyone who fits the bill to apply.”

The positions have a commitment of three to four days per year, with a requirement to attend meetings in London. A fee of £270 per day is paid, along with standard-class travel and expenses.

Anyone interested in applying can find more information and apply via the GOC website:


For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

Notes to editors

1. The Standards Committee advises Council on matters relating to the standards of conduct and performance expected of registrants or those seeking to register.

2. The Education Committee’s role is to give advice and assistance to Council on matters relating to optical training, education and assessment.

3. The Companies Committee advises on matters relating to business registrants.

4. A list of the current members is available on the GOC website 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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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