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Video explains GOC education and training requirements

New video explains GOC education and training requirements

A short video animation from the GOC introduces its latest education and training requirements to ensure optical professionals meet patients’ future needs and can respond to rapid change.

The video, which follows a GOC review, describes the new requirements and when they came into effect. They cover everything from optometry and dispensing optics to additional supply and supplementary and independent prescribing.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will all move to the new requirements over the next few years, starting from September 2023. There will be no disruption for students enrolled on an existing GOC-approved optical education/training programme or entering one this year.

FODO director David Hewlett reassured students and encouraged more of them to apply for optometry courses. He said: “There will continue to be growing demand for optometry and dispensing optician graduates to meet growing eye health need and expanding scope of practice. The clinical work is highly attractive, salaries and promotion prospects are good, and there are opportunities for wider roles in leadership in research.

FODO members are working with HEIs, the College of Optometrists and the GOC to ensure all current pre-registration optometrists and future students have the training places they need.”

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