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GOC launches CET consultation

Views are being sought from registrants in order to define the new system that will start in 2020

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on continuing education and training (CET) in order to understand how to develop the current system for future practise.

Views from eye care professionals are being sought on self-directed learning, critical thinking skills and analysing previous experiences.

The optical regulator highlighted that factors, such as an increasing demand for eye health services, advancements in technology and pressures on NHS services have prompted the consultation.

Director of strategy at the GOC, Alistair Bridge, said: “The existing system of CET has, up to now, been effective in safeguarding the health of the public, but as the optical sector changes it needs to evolve to support practitioners in maintaining high standards of patient care.”

“We want to use the current system as a foundation upon which to build new elements that help the sector move with the times,” he added.

The Fit for future consultation takes place from 17 July to 11 September and findings will be used to define the new system that is expected to start in 2020.

The GOC added that 2019 will be a transition year between the current CET system and the next one. As a result, registrants will be expected to achieve 12 CET points, of which six will be from interactive activities, during the transition year.