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GOC launches consultation on Education Strategic Review

There are five new proposed standards that cover areas including quality of learning, patient safety and access to clinical experience


The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on new education standards and learning outcomes as part of its Education Strategic Review.

The Education Strategic Review aims to ensure that students are prepared for their role as optical practitioners in the future and that learning outcomes reflect how the sector is evolving.

Interim director of education, Dr Subo Shanmuganathan, said: “The proposed learning outcomes and standards have been drafted to incorporate feedback from the previous consultation on Education Strategic Review concepts and principles. There are five proposed standards covering areas including quality of learning, patient safety and access to clinical experience.”

“The draft learning outcomes would replace the current competencies required by all students to complete before they join the register as a qualified optical professional. The proposed outcomes cover technical skills and the ‘softer’ skills required to become a professional,” Dr Shanmuganathan added.

There are separate draft learning outcomes for student optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians. For independent prescribers, the GOC is proposing to adopt the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

The consultation closes on 25 February 2019. To respond to the consultation, visit the GOC consultation hub