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Two new optometrists appointed to the GOC Investigation Committee

10 Dec 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed two new optometrists to its Investigation Committee (IC). Richard Greenwood and Kalpana Theophilus, both optometrists, joined the committee on 1 December 2015.

Richard Greenwood is an optometrist practising in a large multiple leading a team of clinicians. He has worked developing pre-registration optometrists within distance learning, tutorial and workshop settings. He was Boots’ optician of the year for 2013 and has had regional roles developing and regulating clinical teams, developing shared initiatives, clinical audit and complaint resolution.

Kalpana has over 27 years’ experience as a primary care optometrist in both High Street practice and laser clinics. She is engaged with the pre-registration optometrist programme as a supervisor, assessor and OSCE examiner. In June 2015 she successfully completed a degree in law, focusing in particular on medical litigation and employment law.

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “Investigation Committee plays a vital role in enabling us to uphold confidence in the profession and protect the public. Doing this relies on us appointing high calibre members such as Richard and Kalpana; I’m very confident that they are two excellent appointees.”  

IC sits alongside the GOC’s Case Examiners and considers cases either when a health or performance assessment is required, or if the GOC’s case examiners cannot agree on a decision. Then IC considers allegations about registrants and decides whether further action is required – for example closing the case, issuing a warning or, in the most serious cases, referral for a fitness to practise hearing.

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Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org
 

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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 28,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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