In a joint letter to UK Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, the General Optical Council (GoC) said it will “take into account the realities of the situation in which we find ourselves.”

In the joint letter signed by amongst others the General Optical Council, the council said:

“There are many weeks ahead that will continue to be among the most challenging of all our professional lives. Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and their support staff    will be faced with many professional dilemmas and some may be pushed to the limits of physical and mental endurance.

“The guidance provided by the professional organisations aims to support you as you provide services to your patients during this Amber phase.”

In November last year, the GoC issued advice concerning the application of clinical decisions in extreme circumstances and we would encourage you to read them if you have not already done so.

This joint letter confirmed that its:

“view remains that clinical decision making must remain anchored in the principles of the GOC Standards of Practice and guidance provided by the College of Optometrists. This means it must also rightly take into account the realities of the situation in which we find ourselves. We would emphasise once again that a rational approach to varying practice in an emergency is part of a healthcare worker’s professional response, and we would expect you to be professionally supported to do this. Many Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians are as a result of this emergency working in new ways, new areas of ophthalmic care and taking decisions in a way they would not under normal conditions, and this should be expected and professionally supported.”

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