The GOC seeks your views

The optical regulator calls on all registrants to share their thoughts on the work of the GOC, as well as the future of the profession

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is calling for the views of registrants on both its performance as a regulator and the challenges faced by the profession today.

The 2016 Registrant Survey will be conducted online by an independent research company, Enventure Research, and aims to help the GOC "better understand registrants’ experience of the 2013–15 enhanced CET cycle, the implementation of its new Standards of Practice and registrants’ perceptions of the organisation as a regulator."

It will also seek a broader view from registrants on the optical profession, including potential challenges in the workplace and how the profession could develop over the next few years.

Urging registrants to respond to the survey, GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters, said: “It is important we listen to the views of registrants so that we can improve our performance and deliver a better service to registrants. We also want to know more about the challenges faced by registrants in the workplace so we can develop guidance and standards to support them in delivering high quality care to patients and the public.”

Ms Peters added: “We have appointed an independent research company to carry out this survey so that registrants can be honest with us about our performance and about their views on life as an optical professional. Each response will be treated anonymously and we will take the findings into account to improve services and develop our next strategic plan.”

All registrants will be emailed directly by Enventure Research with a link to the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is 5 August.