May 2009
General Optical Council Promoting good eye care, protecting the public
GOC stakeholder update - May 2009
Revalidation: have your say

From 2013, revalidation will become a requirement for all optometrists and dispensing opticians. We have recently published our initial proposals for the scheme, and want to hear your views.

This is your chance to have your say on any aspect of the draft revalidation scheme, and to put forward suggestions for improvement. Issues to consider could include:

  • Should all registrants be revalidated?
  • How often should someone be revalidated?
  • What evidence could be used to demonstrate professional competence?

Revalidation is a process which allows health professionals to demonstrate, at regular intervals, that they remain fit to practise. The Government requires all healthcare regulators to develop and implement a revalidation scheme.

Read and respond to the revalidation proposals
Find out more about revalidation

General Optical Council consultations


Five-year strategy

How we consult

Past consultations

Our responses to other consultations


GOC consults on 2010-2015 strategy

The GOC is currently consulting on its five-year strategy. We are encouraging partner organisations, patients and the public, and registrants to have their say on the Council’s role and work priorities for 2010-2015.

Feedback is invited on a range of issues, including:

  • What should the GOC’s role be in relation to patients?
  • How should the GOC work with other organisations to protect the public?
  • How do the public know that optical professionals are doing a good job?
  • How should the GOC support registrants who raise concerns?

We will use the responses when formulating a draft five-year strategic plan. A further consultation on the draft plan will follow in November, with the final strategy launching in April 2010.

The deadline for consultation responses is 31 August 2009.

Download the consultation document and respond online

Codes of conduct consultation provokes debate

On 16 April, the GOC held a discussion event on the proposed new Codes of Conduct for individual and business registrants. The event was attended by a cross-section of stakeholder groups, including registrants, members of the public, students and representatives of patient groups, optical bodies and other regulators.

The key focus of the day was a series of breakout groups, designed to explore some of the possible implications of the proposed new Codes of Conduct. Delegates engaged in some interesting debate on a range of issues, and reported that the discussion groups were the most useful feature of the day.

Topics for debate included issues such as: should registrants be obliged to report concerns about a colleague’s fitness to practise? What kinds of behaviour, whilst practising or not, should put a practitioner’s registration at risk? How might the Codes be promoted more effectively, so that the public know what standards to expect from their optician?

Overall, the feedback from the event was positive, with every delegate saying they would consider coming to future events.

All suggestions and feedback gathered throughout the consultation process will be considered as the Council finalises the Codes of Conduct. We anticipate that the new Codes of Conduct will be published in January 2010.

Find out more about the event

Welsh Language Scheme consultation

On 5 June the GOC will launch a three-month consultation on its Welsh Language Scheme.

When providing services to the public in Wales, we aim to treat the Welsh and English languages equally. Bilingual provision plays a vital role in ensuring we deliver high-quality service - it is not just as a legal requirement. To help us achieve our aim, we would like to hear your views on the proposed plans.

The consultation will be published on the consultations section of our website. Public notices of the consultation will also appear in The Western Mail and the Welsh-language magazine Golwg. 

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