If you are an optician and aware that the GOC has opened an investigation against you, the MedicAssistanceScheme is here to assist you with expert lawyers for opticians who will provide you with legal advice and representation.
If a complaint is made about an optician by a member of the public, an employer, a police officer, or another statutory agency, the GOC is obliged to investigate it. Our lawyers will be with you throughout the investigation to ensure that you are properly defended, and that you achieve the best possible outcome.
Interim Orders Panel Hearing
In many cases, an optician will first become aware of a GOC investigation when they receive notice to attend a GOC Interim Orders Panel hearing. We advise you to contact us as soon as you become aware of such an investigation to give us time to prepare you for the case, and to prepare to represent you effectively.
The role of an Interim Orders Panel hearing, as explained on our dedicated page, is to determine the extent to which a registered optician may continue to practise during the investigation.
If you wish to deny allegations that will be brought before you in a panel hearing, our solicitors will prepare a strong defence and ensure that you are properly represented and informed throughout the process.
Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing
If it is decided that the investigation needs to progress to a Fitness to Practise Panel hearing, we will continue to give you the legal support that you need.
In such a hearing, the GOC’s committee will hear witnesses from both sides, before deciding whether the allegations against you have been proven. If so, they will then decide if your fitness to practise has been impaired, and if they decide that it has, they will impose the sanctions they deem necessary as a result.
As with every other stage of the investigation, MedicAssistanceScheme lawyers will support you every step of the way, and defend you before the panel to ensure that you get the best possible result.
Understanding Our Services
We are transparent from the beginning about the services that we offer. Before agreeing to work with us, we will have a free initial consultation in which we will consider your case with you and advise you on the best course of action. There are no obligations following this first talk, but if you wish to continue working with us, we normally operate with a fixed fee so that there is no confusion on your part.
In addition, we are also able to support opticians through criminal investigations. Our multi-talented team is equipped to represent you in a police interview under caution, or in a criminal court, should things progress to that stage. We will also help you to maintain your standing with the GOC as far as is possible throughout this difficult time.