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GOC seeks views from its registrants

6 Jul 2016

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is seeking views from its registrants on its performance and the challenges faced by the optical professions.

The 2016 Registrant Survey – conducted online by independent research company Enventure Research - is being undertaken to enable the regulator to better understand registrants’ experience of the 2013-15 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle, the implementation of new Standards of Practice and registrants’ perceptions of the GOC as a regulator.

The survey will also look at registrants’ views on the optical professions more widely, including potential challenges faced in the workplace and how the professions might develop over the next few years.

Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “It is important we listen to the views of registrants so that we can improve our performance and deliver a better service to registrants. We also want to know more about the challenges faced by registrants in the workplace so we can develop guidance and standards to support them in delivering high quality care to patients and the public.

“We have appointed an independent research company to carry out this survey so that registrants can be honest with us about our performance and about their views on life as an optical professional. The survey explores important issues, such as whether registrants have ever felt undue pressure in the workplace and their views on the future of optics, including the development of enhanced services. Each response will be treated anonymously and we will we will take the findings into account to improve services and develop our next strategic plan. I therefore urge all registrants to take 15 minutes or so to respond to the survey.”

The deadline to complete the survey is 5 August 2016.

All registrants will receive an email from Enventure Research with a direct link to complete the survey, or can visit:


For media enquiries please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

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 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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