Develop and maintain competence
- You must keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date1 so you continue to practise safely.
- You must keep up to date with the law, the GOC’s Standards of Practice and guidance that is relevant to your work.
- You should be familiar with guidance issued by the College of Optometrists and other relevant bodies.
- You should be familiar with developments that affect your work and with changes in practice, the needs of patients and eye care services.
- You should take steps to monitor, reflect on, and improve the quality of your work, for example through clinical audit 2, 3 and peer review.4
- If you take a break from practising for a significant amount of time, you should ensure your knowledge and skills are up to date before returning to optometric practice.
1 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians [Accessed 22 Oct 2017]
2 College of Optometrists (2015) Clinical governance in optometric practice [Accessed 22 Oct 2017]
3 College of Optometrists (2015) Clinical audit in optometric practice [Accessed 22 Oct 2017]
4 College of Optometrists (2017) Peer discussion and peer review [Accessed 22 Oct 2017]