DOCET General FAQs:
DOCET Non-Interactive Exercise FAQs:
DOCET Interactive Exercise FAQs:
Learning management system FAQs:
What’s different in this new site?
The new DOCET site has the high quality materials with which you will be familiar if you are already a DOCET online user. These materials are now presented in a bite-sized way, so you can watch or listen to shorter video or audio clips and read materials related to that clip. Your progress through a course will be tracked and your completed DOCET activities and CET points will be recorded all in one place.
We are using some new terminology, so each piece of CET is called a course. To get started on some CET you have to enrol.
Click the Login in arrow at the top right of the homepage. This takes you to the login page. Type in your GOC number and date of birth and follow the onscreen prompts.
Enter your GOC number with the 01- prefix. Enter your date of birth using this format: dd/mm/yyyy and include the forward slashes.
If you wish to access the Live CET courses or Peer discussion cases and Facilitator online training and support you must be a fully qualified registered GOC optometrist and log in. You don’t need to log in to access the Video or Audio libraries as these parts of the site are open to all users.
Enrolling on a course means you can track your progress and it will appear on your Dashboard, which you find on the My DOCET tab and which will also display on the homepage when you are logged in. Enrolling means you will be able to complete the activities and gain CET points.
Log in, navigate to the course you want to take and you will be prompted to do Self enrolment, by clicking the pink Continue button which is in the footer at the bottom of your screen. This takes you to the course page and you can start watching the video or listening to the audio.
Click on any of the headings in the course e.g. Learning objectives, Unit 1 etc. or click on the ‘Open all’ to open up all of the sections.
You need to complete the brief evaluation form before you can progress to the CET exercise. This will only take a few minutes and gives us important feedback to keep improving our courses.
There are a number of ways to find courses:
1. Click on the DOCET courses or Peer discussion buttons on the homepage and click further to choose from the range.
2. Click on the Find courses tab, enter a key word and use the filters to help you look for courses with CET points or particular competencies, then choose from the results.
3. Click on the View courses button in the Featured learning section of our homepage to see the latest interactive courses.
4. Type a key word in the search box on the homepage and choose from the results.
If your query is a technical one about pop-up blockers or use of Flash etc contact our helpful support service which is run by our IT provider, Learning Pool.
Email or ring the Learning Pool helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org 0845 0744 114.
Learning Pool's details are also on the bottom right of the screen.
If your query is about how to log in or CET courses contact us at DOCET: email@example.com +44 (0)20 7839 6000.
DOCET General FAQs:
The Directorate of Optometric Continuing Education and Training (DOCET) is a special Committee that was set up by the Department of Health in 1989 to oversee the management of government funds set aside for the provision of optometric continuing education and training for all UK registered optometrists.
We support your continuing professional development by providing:
- Distance learning CET materials - free, high quality, video, audio and multimedia training courses to keep your professional knowledge and skills up-to-date and help you to achieve the necessary interactive and non-interactive CET points.
- Free peer discussion materials - case studies, training materials, forms and templates to support peer discussions.
- CET funding - financial assistance for local optometric groups who want to run their own CET events, courses or meetings; with up to £6000 available to applicants.
All of DOCET's materials are freely available to fully qualified GOC registered optometrists. Some DOCET materials (without CET points) may also be accessed by others, including optometry students, pre-registration optometrists and dispensing opticians.
If you are a fully qualified GOC registered optometrist with an '01-xxxxx' GOC number, then you can access DOCET materials by logging in on the website using your full GOC number (including the '01-' prefix) and your date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY - including the forward slashes).
If you are unable to log in using these details in the specified format, it could be that your details are not on the system as yet. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: first name, surname, GOC number, date of birth, address, phone number. We will add your details to the system and confirm via email once this has been done. Please note, the system syncs overnight, so you will be able to log in the day after your details are added to the system.
To contact the DOCET team, you can:
- email us at email@example.com
- call us on 020 7839 6000 and ask to be put through to DOCET
- write to us at DOCET, 42 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5NG
Continuing Education and Training (CET) is a statutory requirement for all fully-qualified optometrists. The rules and requirements of the mandatory CET scheme are set and overseen by the General Optical Council (GOC). It is a points-based scheme running over a three-year cycle and the current CET cycle runs from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2018. Full GOC registrants will need to earn the minimum number of CET points by 31st December 2018 in order to be able to renew their registration in 2019. Optometrists registered with the GOC in the UK are required to manage and maintain their records of completed CET points via MyGOC, the registrant area of the GOC website.
Full details of the current GOC CET cycle requirements can be found in the CET section of the GOC website.
It is worth noting that:
- A total of 36 CET points MUST be gained within the 3 year CET cycle, with a minimum of 6 points in each calendar year of the cycle.
- A minimum of 50% of your total CET points MUST be interactive - the rest (no more than 50%) can be ‘non-interactive’ if you wish.
- All optometrists MUST undertake at least one peer discussion or peer review activity within the three-year cycle (and unless you have very exceptional circumstances agreed by the GOC, you will have to do these in a live environment).
The GOC’s definition of ‘interactivity’ relates to the act of engaging and discussing with peers or other professionals as a way of learning and sharing good practice and avoiding professional isolation. The nature of interaction may vary, but ideally it should be face-to-face and with at least one other peer of relevant experience and training. For DOCET interactive exercises this is a fully qualified, GOC registered, UK practising optometrist; in some instances a member of another professional group will also be acceptable and if this is the case, it will be specified in the interactive exercise instructions.
Interactive CET was introduced as a requirement by the GOC from 2013. The aim is to prevent the risk of professional isolation, to avoid individuals developing poor practice habits and failing to keep up-to-date and develop their skills in an ever-changing profession.
DOCET offers a range of distance learning training courses. Courses with CET points available can be found in the 'Live CET' category. There are courses with either interactive or non-interactive CET points, covering a range of optometric competencies and learning objectives. CET points are gained by successful completion of the CET exercise set for each training course. Scroll down for further information on DOCET's non-interactive and interactive exercises.
DOCET Non-Interactive Exercise FAQs:
DOCET training courses with non-interactive CET points available have a non-interactive exercise as part of the course. These usually take the form of multiple choice questionnaires (MCQs). CET points are only awarded following successful completion of the exercise.
You need to watch / listen to all parts of the training course and read any supporting reference materials. You also need to complete the brief course evaluation form in order to access the non-interactive exercise.
Use the online non-interactive exercise submission form, which you will find in the 'CET exercise' section within the course, when you are logged in on the website.
Non-interactive exercises are marked automatically by the system. You will receive immediate notification if your attempt has passed or failed. You will then have the opportunity to re-attempt the non-interactive exercise (three attempts in total per non-interactive exercise).
You have a maximum of three attempts at a non-interactive exercise. If you fail all three attempts, you will not receive CET points for that exercise.
DOCET uploads non-interactive CET points awarded for successful submissions on a monthly basis. You will need to log in to your MyGOC account in order to accept your CET points. If you have not received notification of pending CET points four weeks after your submission, you can contact the DOCET team to check on the status of your submission.
DOCET Interactive Exercise FAQs:
DOCET training courses with interactive CET points available have an interactive exercise as a part of the course. In some instances, there may a set of MCQs to complete before you can gain access to the interactive exercise. The interactive exercise normally requires you to meet with an appropriate peer to discuss some specific questions or propositions and to then submit your own individual responses based on the outcomes of that discussion. CET points are only awarded following successful completion of the exercise.
You need to watch / listen to all parts of the training course and read any supporting reference materials. You also need to complete the brief course evaluation form in order to access the interactive exercise. Please read through the interactive exercise instructions carefully and make the necessary arrangements to meet and discuss the interactive exercise with an appropriate peer.
Please note, the GOC requirements for 2016-18 state that you must carry out your interactive exercise discussion within 30 days of having watched / listened to the training course.
The person you choose to hold the interactive exercise discussion with MUST meet the criteria specified in the interactive exercise instructions for the course.
- If a course specifies discussion with ‘an optometrist’ this must be a fully qualified, GOC registered, UK practising optometrist.
- For some courses, other types of professionals are also acceptable and these will be specified in the relevant interactive exercise instructions.
- You will need to submit some details for the person you discuss the exercise with (e.g. their full name and GOC or other professional registration number) in order for this to be verified.
- If you are a UK based optometrist completing the CET exercise for yourself, you will need to hold your own discussion with another UK based practitioner.
- If you are a GOC registered optometrist practising overseas, you should make contact with a UK based practitioner with whom you can hold your interactive exercise discussion.
DOCET cannot accept a submission if the person named in the discussion does not meet the criteria specified in the interactive exercise instructions and/or is not currently practising in the UK.
DOCET strongly recommends that all optometrists make efforts to establish links with other peers. It may seem difficult at first but it will be of immense personal and professional benefit in the long run. There are local optical committees, local practices, meetings and events, and many opportunities to meet with other professionals across the UK, not to mention online forums. More recently qualified optometrists may also have networks of people they qualified with.
Do remember that failure to establish links with other peers and inability to demonstrate that appropriate interactive training has taken place could result in optometrists being removed from the GOC register after the end of the three year CET cycle, so it is well worth making the effort to develop links within the profession, even if you have not done so yet.
Ideally, interaction will be face-to-face, but where that is extremely difficult, interaction via another medium (for instance by Skype, email or telephone conversation) will be acceptable, but this should still be with an appropriate peer as specified in the instructions for the interactive exercise. If you do use an alternative medium, you must state this in your interactive exercise response.
Some UK-registered optometrists living and/or practicing overseas may opt to maintain their GOC registration, especially if based overseas for an extended period but wishing to occasionally practice in the UK. A key principle behind the introduction of the GOC requirement to participate in interactive CET is to ensure that all optometrists keep abreast of up-to-date practice in the UK and avoid professional isolation. For optometrists currently working overseas this is also important for whenever they wish to practice in the UK again.
DOCET strongly advises optometrists in these circumstances to establish regular contact with other optometrist peers currently registered and practicing in the UK with whom they can carry out interactive discussions.
Whilst it is absolutely fine for two or more optometrists to discuss the same DOCET interactive exercise together, and to all submit responses for CET points, it is a requirement that each person taking part MUST submit their own individual response to the exercise questions. The emphasis is on your personal reflections from the discussion that took place, including any possible influence on your own future practice and patient care, as each submission is taken as the individual registrants view after the interaction, in order to evidence the interactivity experience.
DOCET cannot accept a submission that is the same, in whole or in part, as another person's submission for the same exercise.
- You should ensure that you have answered ALL of the questions asked and addressed ALL of the points indicated in each question.
- You should summarise your discussions around each question and refer to the course content and supporting reference materials.
- Whilst your answers don’t need to be very extensive they do need to provide enough detail to clearly demonstrate that you have:
- properly considered the exercise
- discussed it with an appropriate peer
- recorded the key points from the discussion
- reflected on how your future practice might be influenced by what you have learned
- Extremely brief or one word responses may not be deemed sufficient for CET purposes.
- To ensure your response can be effectively reviewed, please write clear answers using UK terminology.
- If the person you are discussing the exercise with expresses any views contrary to your own, you should include mention of this in your response, along with a brief explanation as to how your views differ.
Use the online interactive exercise submission form, which you will find in the 'CET exercise' section within the course, when you are logged in on the website. It is recommended that you write or type out your responses separately first and then copy and paste your responses into the online form, in case you experience any connectivity issues whilst online.
Interactive exercise submissions are all individually reviewed and marked by DOCET's Training Advisers (who are experienced optometrists and training specialists). The Training Advisers assess each submission and may either approve the awarding of CET points, or they may provide feedback to the individual requesting further detail on a particular aspect of the exercise or advising that one or more sections of the exercise need to be re-done in order to earn CET points. In respect of whether CET points may or may not be awarded and/or if further information is required for a submission to be deemed satisfactory, the decision of the Training Advisers is final in all cases.
You have a maximum of two attempts per interactive exercise: one submission and one resubmission (if required in response to Training Adviser feedback). You should only make one submission initially and this will be reviewed and marked by DOCET's Training Advisers. If your first submission does not pass, you will be notified and you will have the opportunity to make one resubmission to build on your previous responses. If your resubmission does not pass, you will not receive CET points for that interactive exercise. The Training Adviser's assessment of any submission is final.
DOCET uploads interactive CET points awarded for successful interactive submissions on a monthly basis. You will need to log in to your MyGOC account in order to accept your CET points. If you have not received notification of pending CET points four weeks after your submission, you can contact the DOCET team to check on the status of your submission.