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New DO appointed to Investigation Committee

18 Jul 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Clare Hayes to its Investigation Committee (IC). Clare is the successful candidate from the GOC’s campaign to recruit a new dispensing optician to IC, launched in April 2013.

Clare currently teaches and assesses optometry undergraduates in contact lens practice and dispensing at Aston University. She is also a practical examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Clare has been a GOC-registered dispensing optician since 2004.

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “I would like to congratulate Clare on her appointment. Investigation Committee plays a vital role in enabling us to uphold confidence in the profession and protect the public. I know that Clare brings the skills and experience to make a hugely valuable contribution.”

IC analyses allegations about registrants and decides whether further action is required – for example issuing a warning, a performance assessment or, in the most serious cases, referral for a fitness to practise hearing.


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Simon Grier
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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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