Who do LDCs represent?
Where they are recognised, LDCs represent dentists with a General Dental Services (GDS) Contract and may represent dentists working under a GDS contract or a Primary Dental Services (PDS) agreement.
An LDC may only represent those dentists who are members or who are on an 'NHS Performers List' list at the locality covered by the LDC.
LDCs can also represent dentists in the NHS community dental services and other spheres of dental practice, but this must be agreed locally.
Your local dental committee is a valuable resource during these difficult times.
LDCs can support all dentists in their locality across a range of issues. They are ready and willing to help.
LDCs consist of NHS General dental practitioners from your area and usually secondary care and community representatives as well. They have deep insight into developments in your area and can represent you with local matters.
Your LDC will be in close and regular contact with your NHSE commissioners and will speak for local dentists when any arrangements are being put in place to deal with the Coronavirus emergency.
Keep in contact with your LDC so they can:
Ensure you are kept up to date with new regional guidance as it becomes available.
Feedback your concerns to the local NHSE team
Feedback any local concerns to the BDA.
Offer advice if there is anything you need to know about what is happening locally with dental services.
Support you with empathy if you need someone to talk to.
Signpost you to help if you are not sure where to turn.
North East region
Regional representatives: Az Hyder/Charlie Daniels - email@example.com
North West region
Regional representative: Stuart Allan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester Federation of LDCs
Lancashire & South Cumbria federation of LDCs
East Lancashire, Lancashire Central, Lancashire Coastal
Covering the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria as a federation (Soon to be called ‘Coastal LDC’ to include south Cumbria) Central Lancashire LDC, East Lancashire LDC.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Communications Lead - Stuart Johnson BDS
Hon Sec -
Dr Marie-Louise Duthie
Warrington, St Helens, Knowsley
Hon Sec - Mark Woodger
Macclesfield, Knutsford, Crewe, Nantwich, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port
Administrator - Frances Morton
Yorkshire and The Humber region
Regional representative: Ian Gordon - Yorkshireandthehumber.email@example.com
East Midlands region
Regional representative: Andrew Dale - firstname.lastname@example.org
West Midlands region
Regional representative: Eddie Crouch - Westmidlands.email@example.com
East of England region
Regional representative: Nick Stolls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional representative: Michael Clarke - email@example.com
South East Coast region
Regional representative: Emmanuel Lazanakis - Southeastcoast.firstname.lastname@example.org
South Central region
Regional representative: Keith Percival Nilesh Patel - email@example.com
South West region
Regional representative: Andrew Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Model constitution for an LDC in England
Model LDC Constitution
Regional Groups and LDC Federations
In England, LDC Secretaries and Chairs meet on a regional basis to discuss issues affecting the profession.
In some areas, LDCs simply group together to share information and support colleagues. In other areas, LDCs federate and share resources, offering a single point of contact.
The BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) has regular meetings with regional LDC representatives.
The GDPC - LDC Regional Liaison Group is chaired by Vijay Sudra, Vice-Chair of the GDPC, and it exists as an information exchange to inform both the work of LDCs locally and the work of GDPC in its national negotiations. For more information about the work of the Group or for any other questions, please
email email@example.com or tel 020 7563 4158.
LDCs involved in these groupings find them a very useful way of developing communication across the locality, while maintaining individual LDCs autonomy.
The BDA would encourage any LDC that is not currently a member of a regional group to explore joining one for their locality.
For information on how to do this please contact LDC Support
Every year, LDCs across the UK hold conferences to discuss the issues facing the profession.
The main LDC Conference is independent of the BDA, but BDA staff assist by providing organisational and administrative support, and by hosting regular meetings of the various LDC Conference organising committees across the UK nations.
We also help to collate the motions for debate at the conferences - find out more in our blogs.
Further information about the English LDC Conference is available on the LDC Conference website
Further information about the Scottish LDC Conference can be found on the BDA website.
LDC Officials' day
This event is only open to LDC nominated representatives and members of the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee.
The next Officials' day event will take place on Friday 29 November in London and details of the agenda and how to register will be posted shortly.
For further information about the day please contact Fiona Feltham, Events Manager, British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS. Tel: 020 7563 4590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org