The president of the College of Optometrists, David Parkins, will join the General Optical Council (GOC) next year, it was announced on Monday (9 November).
Mr Parkins, who is also chair of the London Eye Health Network and chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, will join the GOC in March 2016. He will replace Rob Hogan, whose term finishes at the end of the year.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr Parkins said: “The scope of optical practice is changing as a result of new technology, an ageing population and different commissioning arrangements. It is vital that regulation keeps one step ahead. I am looking forward to working with fellow members of council, and with the executive team, to promote higher standards across the optical professions, which will be needed to manage the ever increasing number of patients requiring eye care.”
Chair of the GOC, Gareth Hadley, said: “I am delighted to welcome David to council. David’s wealth of experience, both as a practising optometrist and in a number of senior roles in the sector, made him an outstanding candidate to join council and I look forward to working closely with him.”
Mr Hadley added: “I am confident his insight and expertise will allow him to make a valuable contribution to our work to protect and promote the public’s health and safety.”