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GOC to hold consultation event for standards review

7 Aug 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is to host a public consultation event as part of its strategic review of standards for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

The event will take place on Friday 26 September at 14:00 at Friends House, Euston and will be independently facilitated.

The standards review will seek to ensure that the GOC’s standards continue to reflect good practice now and in the future, whilst enabling optical professionals to develop their roles – for example, by delivering more enhanced services in the community.

Stakeholders are asked to consider how optometrists and dispensing opticians’ practice may evolve in the future, and how the GOC’s standards should adapt to ensure continuing patient safety.

GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters, said: “We really want stakeholders to attend this event and provide their input on how the changing health climate will impact upon the optical sector and practitioners.

“With an increasing and ageing population, growing pressures on the NHS and the development of new technology, it is crucial our standards allow our registrants to develop their practice whilst patient safety continues to be ensured. I therefore strongly encourage all of our stakeholders to attend this event and help us with this review.”

The event is free to attend but delegates must register in advance due to limited capacity. Registration for the event can be completed online via the GOC website at http://www.optical.org/en/utilities/standards-review-consultation-event.cfm. Alternatively, attendees can call the GOC on 020 7580 3898 (option 4), or email communications@optical.org.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Simon Grier

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478

e: sgrier@optical.org

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. The call for evidence consultation document is available here:

http://www.optical.org/en/get-involved/consultations/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 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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