Two optometrists appointed to GOC investigation committee

Richard Greenwood and Kalpana Theophilus take up new role

11 Dec 2015 by Robina Moss

garethhadleyThe General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed two new optometrists to its investigation committee. Richard Greenwood and Kalpana Theophilus joined the committee on 1 December.

Mr Greenwood works for Boots Opticians in Chester, leading a team of clinicians. He has worked to develop pre-registration optometrists within distance learning, tutorial and workshop settings.

He was Boots’ Optician of the Year in 2013 and has had regional roles developing and regulating clinical teams, developing shared initiatives, as well as clinical audit and complaint resolution.

Ms Theophilus also works for Boots Opticians in London and has over 27 years of experience as a primary care optometrist, in both High Street practice and laser clinics.

Ms Theophilus works with the pre-registration optometrist programme as a supervisor, assessor and OSCE examiner. In June she successfully completed a law degree, focusing in particular on medical litigation and employment law.

GOC chair, Gareth Hadley (pictured), said: “The investigation committee plays a vital role in enabling us to uphold confidence in the profession and protect the public. Doing this relies on us appointing high calibre members such as Richard and Kalpana. I’m very confident that they are two excellent appointees.”

The investigation committee sits alongside the GOC’s case examiners and considers cases either when a health or performance assessment is required, or if the GOC’s case examiners cannot agree on a decision. It then considers allegations about registrants and decides whether further action is required – for example closing the case, issuing a warning or, in the most serious cases, referral for a fitness to practise hearing.


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