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Optical practice staff to be included in priority group for COVID-19 vaccination

All UK optical practice staff are to be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination, along with other regulated frontline health and social workers, as confirmed by the Government.

GOC statement in response to OPG petition

We recognise that these are really challenging times for our registrants who are working on the front line as healthcare professionals delivering the nation’s eye care needs.

Joint statement from Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and social care professionals - January 2021

In March last year, at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we issued a statement to support our registrants in dealing with the un-precedented challenges that they were facing. As the pandemic continues, we know that health and social care professionals continue to work in very difficult situations and under extreme pressures.

Applications for Scottish and Welsh registrant Council members to close Sunday 10 January

Are you a registrant in Scotland or Wales? Do you want to help shape our future strategic direction? We are still seeking two registrants, who work in Scotland and Wales respectively, to join our Council.

Statement on national lockdowns

Following the Government’s announcement on 4 January 2021, a new national lockdown in England and Scotland has come into effect. Now all four UK nations are in similar lockdowns.

Important update: system error generated emails from GOC

We are aware that some of you have been receiving emails from us regarding your registration. Please disregard these emails - this is due to a system upgrade and we are currently investigating.