At the Optical Consumer Complaints Service we appreciate that as professionals, you are committed to providing excellent care to your consumers as well as delivering a quality service.
Nonetheless, complaints can and do arise, and we are here to support the optical professions.
The GOC Practice Standards introduced on 1 April 2016 place an obligation on registrants to respond to complaints effectively, honestly, openly, politely and constructively (PS 18).
This includes a duty to operate and follow a complaints policy. The OCCS can provide guidance to registrants on how to approach complaint handling as well provide assistance in resolving individual complaints and mediate complaints that cannot be resolved within the practice.
Practice Standard 18 also requires registrants to inform the patient (at the appropriate time) of their rights to complain to the General Optical Council or to seek mediation through the Optical Consumer Complaints Service. If you would like any further information or advice on complaints handling and the Practice Standards, please contact us.
We are happy to offer help and guidance to professionals who would like to talk through a particular concern and help them to manage the situation and, where possible, avoid a complaint.
We are also here to facilitate:
If you would be interested in our CET events and insight sharing seminars for LOCs and local groups or practices, then please get in touch for more information.
For further information and answers to queries frequently asked, please do visit our FAQ area of the website.