GOC seeks new committee members
Vacancies have opened across the GOC’s companies, education, registration and standards committees
06 June 2022
The General Optical Council (GOC) is seeking 13 new members across four of its committees, including the companies, education, registration and standards committees.
The committees help to inform decisions made by Council. Opening the call for applications, the GOC said new members would “play a vital role in helping to shape the future of optical regulation.”
The companies committee advises Council on matters relating to business registrants, while the education committee advises on optical training and education.
The registration committee advises the Council on registration issues, including the rules governing registration and publication of the registers, and the standards committee advises on the standards of conduct and performance expected of current and potential registrants.
Available positions across the GOC committees
- Five vacancies in the companies committee for members representing the interests of body corporates (business registrants)
- Three vacancies in the education committee, including two lay members and one dispensing optician
- One vacancy for a lay member of the registration committee
- Four vacancies for the standards committee, incorporating two lay members, one dispensing optician and one registered medical practitioner.
The GOC outlined that successful candidates will need to commit two to four days per annum to the positions, with a renumeration of £319 per day in accordance with the GOC’s member fees policy.
“If you are passionate about general healthcare and regulation, or think you can contribute to our work to protect the public, we encourage you to apply,” the GOC shared, adding: “We welcome people of all backgrounds and with a broad range of experiences to apply, particularly those who are disabled and from diverse ethnic backgrounds as these are currently underrepresented on our Council and committees.”
Writing in the candidate information pack, Dr Anne Wright, Council chair, shared: “Being a committee member gives you the opportunity to share your particular skills and experience while learning from others too.”
Applications are open until 19 June 2022. Information on the roles and application process can be found on the GOC website.