OCCS Articles in Optometry Today

Oct 13, 2017

What I Have Learned

Optical Consumer Complaints Society head, Jennie Jones, shares her customer service insight with OT

The workload of the Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) has increased by 45% in the past year. OT talks with Jennie Jones about the activity seen at the OCCS and common themes in its caseload.

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The Workshop: Dealing with a Complaint

OT poses a monthly scenario from a practitioner. This month we look at dealing with customer complaints in practice.

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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.'