The General Optical Council (GOC) has opened a consultation regarding draft guidance on its standards in relation to obtaining valid consent and meeting the duty of candour.
Launched on Tuesday (14 June), the standards covering the two areas came into force on 1 April this year, with the draft guidance developed to “assist registrants in meeting the new standards,” the regulator explained.
The consultation will run until 6 September, with the GOC aiming to publish its final guidance by the end of the year.
Commenting on the new standards, GOC head of education and standards, Marcus Dye, said: “It was clear from our standards consultation last year that registrants would like more guidance to help them apply the standards relating to the duty of candour and obtaining valid consent in practice.”
He explained: “Candour is a relatively new concept in healthcare and there is a professional responsibility to be open and transparent with patients when things go wrong. It is also important for registrants to obtain valid consent before examining a patient or providing treatment.
Referring to the introduction of guidance, Mr Dye added: “[This guidance] helps to make clearer what the standards mean in practice and to support our registrants in applying them…We want to make sure that clear, written guidance is available to all in these areas and I urge all registrants and stakeholders to read the draft guidance and let us know their views.”
Practitioners can read and respond to the consultation via the GOC website.