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The GOC releases report on the last CET cycle

The majority of registrants exceeded the CET requirements for the 2016–2018 cycle

A report released by the General Optical Council (GOC) yesterday (30 October) revealed that 81% of registrants completed more than the minimum requirements of the CET scheme during the 2016–2018 cycle.

Furthermore, 72% of practitioners who were required to complete a peer review took part in more than one peer review session.

The data has been published as part of the regulator’s final evaluation report of the last three-year CET cycle, analysing data that the GOC holds on its MyGOC platform online. The review sought to evaluate the effectiveness of the CET scheme, identify trends in registrant behaviour and identify any future developments required.

In the report, the GOC highlighted that while peer review is not mandatory for dispensing opticians, 83% completed a peer review session during the 2016–2018 cycle, with 57% completing more than one.

The GOC also reported that data on its reflective practice showed that the majority of registrants exceeded the stated requirements, with 80% creating additional learning goals over the required one, and 60% using reflection statements for activities other than peer review.

The GOC’s head of standards and CET, Marcus Dye, said that the regulator was “delighted that the CET scheme continues to support the professional development of optometrists and dispensing opticians and that registrants are going above and beyond their requirements.”

Mr Dye explained: “The findings and recommendations within the evaluation report will inform improvements to the scheme, as well as the CET review.”

He added: “We will be considering further ways of embedding reflective practice and ensuring flexibility to accommodate changes in scopes of practice. As patients’ needs are changing due to the ageing population, multi-disciplinary working and the use of technology, it is important that registrants pursue ongoing training and professional development and that the CET system meets the demands of the future.”

The full report can be accessed on the GOC’s website.