March 2010
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March 2010

Check your optician is registered 

This Spring, the GOC is launching an information toolkit for patients and members of the public to raise awareness of the importance of checking that your optician is GOC registered.

The toolkit contains a patient information leaflet, ‘Check your optician is registered’. This explains the importance of checking that your optician is registered, and includes information on how to search the free online Opticians Registers.

The leaflet also explains to patients what to expect when you see the GOC-registered logo in your opticians practice, and how the GOC can help if you want to make a complaint about a registered optician.

In addition, all UK opticians will receive support and guidance on ways they can actively promote their registration. The GOC-registered logo will be available for all opticians and registered optical businesses to use anywhere, for example on their website, practice appointment cards, letterheads, and other practice stationery.

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New Codes of Conduct launch on 1 AprilPatient-survey

The new GOC Codes of Conduct for individual and business registrants come into effect on 1 April.

The Codes of Conduct define how a GOC-registered optician should behave in their personal and professional life. All patients have the right to expect that their optician adheres to the GOC Codes of Conduct. Opticians must also be able to meet our core competencies for knowledge and skills.

In our recent survey of patients and the public, the majority of respondents told us they wanted to know more about what to expect from their optician. To provide patients and the public with the information they need, we will be promoting the Codes of Conduct, and the importance of checking that your optician is registered, at events including the annual Citizens Advice Conference throughout 2010.

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GOC announces five-year strategy 

StrategyThe GOC will support UK eyecare in delivering high-quality care, modernise its functions and engage with its stakeholders, under its new five-year strategy for 2010-15.

All those affected by the Council’s work had the opportunity to influence the strategy during a two-stage consultation process which ran throughout 2009-10. The Council’s three main priorities for the next five years will be to:

  • Develop the regulatory framework to support UK eyecare in delivering safe, high quality care which meets society’s needs and expectations;
  • Continue to modernise our core functions and put in place systems for improvement to become more efficient and more effective;
  • Promote a wider understanding of our role and engage stakeholders (including the public, patients, registrants, educators and their representatives) in our work.

Full details of responses to the consultation, and how the strategy changed in light of your suggestions can be found on our website

Download our strategic plan for 2010-15

Have your say on the future of CET

Following a successful 2007-09 CET cycle, we are now looking at how CET can be improved for the future.

We are holding a consultation event for registrants and other stakeholders to discuss their experiences as users of CET and how it can be improved.

The event will look at issues such as:

  • Whether more CET should have to take place face-to-face rather than by distance learning;
  • Whether registrants should have to get minimum numbers of CET points in particular subject areas; and
  • How CET will be linked to revalidation. CET-events

The event takes place from 11:00 – 15:00 at Park Crescent Conference Centre in London on 25 March. It is free to attend but space is limited, so delegates must register their interest in advance with the GOC. Full details and a signup form are on the events page of our website.

Registrants who can’t make it to the London event can get involved by completing our online survey for optometrists or dispensing opticians:

CET survey for optometrists
CET survey for dispensing opticians

Patients and other stakeholders who want to have their say on CET will be able to respond to the formal consultation later in the year, or can email comments to Linda Kennaugh, Director of Education on 

The events and survey are part of a wider consultation process about revalidation, which began last year. We have been been working closely with patients, registrants, other regulators and partner organisations to develop draft proposals for a revalidation scheme. Look out for details of future events, surveys and consultations on revalidation in future issues of Stakeholder Update.

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