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Help protect the public.

Dear OT,

The General Optical Council (GOC) is currently recruiting two optometrists and a dispensing optician to join its investigation committee--and it's in everyone's interests that it attracts candidates of a high calibre.

This committee considers concerns that a registrant may not be fit to practise. Members meet in private and decide, on the basis of information provided, whether a case should be sent to the fitness to practise committee for a public hearing.


Patients and registrants alike must therefore be able to have confidence in the committee and the decisions it makes.

This means it is of upmost importance to attract candidates who can demonstrate critical thinking skills, the ability to process large volumes of often complex material, exercise judgment, and demonstrate a strong capacity for empathy.

It's crucial too that the panel reflects the full diversity of the profession. That is why the committee includes a mix of optometrists, dispensing opticians and lay members. Due to this also, the GOC is keen to receive applications from women and/or ethnic minorities.

The fitness to practise process has to be effective to uphold confidence in the professions, to ensure registrants get a fair hearing and to protect the public from the small minority of practitioners who would put them at risk.

I would encourage anyone who can help with that aim to apply immediately.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, September 15. Registrants wanting more information, or to apply, should visit

Helen Tilley, GOC council member, Gwent

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Author:Tilley, Helen
Publication:Optometry Today
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 12, 2015
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