Education Strategic Review update
General Optical Council

Education Strategic Review

Throughout the UK more optical services are being delivered in new and innovative ways, including in a variety of community settings. Our role as the regulator is to ensure that new optometrists and dispensing opticians are equipped to practise safely and competently in this evolving landscape. That is why our Education Strategic Review is a key priority for us over the next year.  
 
On November 2017, we brought together a range of health system leaders, together with the optical sector representatives and patient organisations, as part of this Review. The event considered how changing patient need, technological advances and service re-design are changing the way services are provided in all four countries of the UK and what this means for our registrants.
 
We have now have produced a summary of these discussions about the potential future direction of eye health and vision services in the UK. The new document summarises key themes from the meeting. These include the importance of developing increased collaboration, cooperation and integration between eye health and vision services and wider health systems, and equipping future optical professionals with the skills and knowledge to practise safely and competently in new and different ways. 
 
 
Our consultation on the concepts and principles has now closed, the report of the contributions will be published in due course. Thank you to everyone who replied to the consultation.
 
As part of this engagement programme we held an information event on the 7 February for stakeholders to find out more about what we are exploring in the consultation and how to respond. 
 
Around 50 participants attended from a wide range of organisations in the optical and wider health sector. We are conscious that continued collaboration with all of our stakeholders will be vital to the success of this Review. 
 
To find out more about the consultation please visit: https://www.optical.org/en/Education/education-strategic-review/index.cfm

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