OCCS to Host Which? Members Call In Sessions

Sep 14, 2016
On Thursday 15th September, Jennie Jones and Richard Edwards of the OCCS have been invited by Which? to answer member queries in a day long phone in session. Which? members are able to call with any optical and consumer queries. The OCCS are jointly supporting this event with the College of Optometrists. 

Jennie explains “We are really looking forward to speaking to Which? members and answering questions on consumer rights in optics and how they can raise concerns constructively with their optician, which will help resolve matters as quickly as possible.” 
 
The OCCS is an independent and free mediation service for consumers (patients) of optical care and the professionals providing that care. The service is funded by the General Optical Council who regulate opticians, optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Since 1 April 2014, the OCCS has assisted over 4,500 consumers and practices to resolve their consumer complaints. Jennie Jones, head of the OCCS, explains: ‘We are delighted that the OCCS  is seen as an effective and useful service, providing independent and impartial mediation and advice. The team does an amazing job ensuring that both the consumer and the practice feel heard, understood, and importantly, helped to find a very practical resolution to the complaint. Mediation is not about judgment or deciding who is right. It is about understanding each other’s perspective to be able to find an answer both can accept. We will soon be reporting on our 4th year in action, and look forward to sharing even more insight and useful information for all involved in optics.'