More than 97% of registrants successfully met the requirements of the 2016–18 CET cycle before the 31 December deadline, the General Optical Council (GOC) has confirmed.
The regulator revealed that a total of 435 practitioners were at risk of being removed from the registers having failed to meet the requirements, with 130 registrants having already informed the GOC that they would be retiring or withdrawing.
According to rules set by the regulator, registrants at risk of removal from the registers may be able to lodge a dispute application, which is suitable for those who believe their CET record is inaccurate or that they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances for being unable to meet the requirements. Therefore, the number of registrants to be removed from the registers is “likely” to be lower than 435, the GOC highlighted.
Head of standards and CET at the GOC, Marcus Dye, said: “I am delighted that the vast majority of registrants completed their CET by the 31 December 2018 deadline.”
“CET is vital in ensuring registrants keep their skills and knowledge up to date, so they can continue to deliver high standards of clinical care to their patients,” he added.
The GOC will write to registrants who failed to meet the cycle’s requirements shortly to explain the next steps before they are removed from the register, including the appeal process.
The 2019–21 CET cycle has now begun, maintaining existing requirements. The GOC will be sending registrants a digital guide covering the requirements of the cycle in more detail.
Practitioners logging in to their MyCET via their MyGOC account will see a revamped area that includes a single-screen interface designed to help them review their requirements and accept their points.