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GOC pilots enhanced triage process for FTP complaints

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process that will give the GOC greater discretion to close cases at an earlier stage, where there is no ongoing risk to the public.

Public Statement about The University of Portsmouth's Optometry Programme

The University of Portsmouth will not be admitting any new students this term as a condition of the Optometry Programme’s continuing provisional approval.

GOC erases West Yorkshire based student optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Talha Daji, a student optometrist based in West Yorkshire, from its register. He will now be unable to undertake training as a student optometrist in the UK.

GOC erases Surrey based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Michael Bowles, a dispensing optician based in Surrey, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK.

Research reveals public perceptions of opticians

Today the GOC published the 2019 Public perceptions research and supporting infographic, which explores how patients view and interact with opticians and the services they provide.

GOC erases Swindon based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Simon Backhouse, a dispensing optician based in Swindon, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK.

News from Council 10 July 2019

Council reviewed the recommendations developed in response to the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation on draft Education Standards for providers and Learning Outcomes for students, and decided upon the next steps.

GOC shares Fitness to Practise insights with optical business registrants

On Friday the General Optical Council (GOC) held a roundtable event for optical business registrants at their London office. The event was attended by representatives from a wide range of companies.

GOC erases Durham based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Bryan Ainley, an optometrist based in Durham, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK.

Regulators unite to support reflective practitioners across healthcare

The leaders of nine healthcare regulators have joined forces to stress the benefits and importance of good reflection among professionals in the healthcare sector.

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