Annex 2: Checklist for Protected Disclosures

1. Who are you?
An optical sector ‘worker’ can be any of the following:

  • Anyone working in an optical workplace
  • An optical student
  • An optical tutor / supervisor
  • An employer in optical field
  • A self-employed locum optical professional
  • A registrant

Continue to Question 2.

A member of the public (who cannot be classed as optical sector ‘worker’) who wants to report about
a registrant’s or business’ standard of practice must use our ‘complaints about opticians’ procedure.

Use a different reporting process – see section 3.3.

If you are unsure, please seek advice with the relevant organisation in annex 1 or contact us for advice.

2. What is the concern about?

  • The registration of individuals and businesses registered with us
  • The fitness to practise of individuals or businesses registered with us
  • Other activities in relation to the GOC’s functions – education, standards, training, illegal practices.

Continue to question 3.

  • personal grievances, disciplinary matters, contractual disputes or other aspects of the working relationship
  • concerns regarding the way we have conducted a fitness to practise investigation concerning a registrant.
  • concerns regarding consumer issues, such as refunds or customer service.

Use a different reporting process – see section 3.3.

If you are unsure, please seek advice with the relevant organisation in annex 1 or contact
us for advice.

3. Is it in the public interest to report it?

  • endangering of someone’s health and safety
  • illegal practice
  • criminal offences
  • failure to comply with an obligation set out in law
  • miscarriages of justice
  • damage to the environment
  • covering up wrongdoing in the above categories

If all three of these questions are answered, and you believe that your concern is true, follow the process in annex three.

If you are unsure or would like to discuss your concern, please seek advice with the relevant organisation in annex 1 or contact us for advice.