Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.
0300 123 1100 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday)
NHS Whistleblowing Helpline
Provides legally compliant, unbiased support and guidance to ensure you can act in accordance with your values. This ensures you fully understand your options and legal rights specific to your employment situation.
www.wbhelpline.org.uk 0800 0724 725 firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.
Membership organisations who can provide support to registered members
ABDO – Association of British Dispensing Opticians
Membership organisation who support the character, status and interests of dispensing opticians.
email@example.com 01227 733 905
AOP – Association of Optometrists
Membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals who protect, represent and support our members throughout their careers
firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7549 2000
FODO – The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians
Membership organisation which represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
email@example.com 020 7298 5151
We recognise that reporting concerns can be very stressful and upsetting.
There are services available if you are looking for a friendly listening ear:
The Samaritans provide a free and confidential listening service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They do not provide advice nor do they report your concerns onwards, but sometimes just having someone to talk to that isn’t family or friends can be a tremendous help.
For more information of what to expect when you contact the Samaritans, visit:
Contact the Samaritans on: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 116 123 (UK)
Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
The body responsible for overseeing nine health and care regulators (including the GOC) who regulate health and care professionals to make sure they are protecting patients and service users properly
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The independent body entrusted with monitoring, and advising on, standards and quality in UK higher education.
Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
email@example.com 0300 303 3344
Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)
The independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland, and encouraging improvements in the quality of those services.
www.rqia.org.uk 02890 517 500
The Charity Commission for England and Wales
The body responsible for regulating charities in England and Wales. The General Optical Council is a registered charity.
www.charitycommission.gov.uk 0300 066 9197