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.
Model constitution for an LDC in England
Regional Liaison Groups
Details of the regional liaison groups are available to download.
LDC contactsRegional liaison group contacts and links for Local Dental Committees in England and Wales are detailed on this page.
Each Local Dental Committee is linked with a member of GDPC so that information can be shared and acted upon.
Regional Groups and LDC Federations
In England, LDC Secretaries and Chairs meet on a regional basis to discuss issues affecting the profession. These Regional Groupings generally reflect Strategic Health Authority (SHA) boundaries.
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 Dave Cottam, 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 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.
Details of the next Officials' day event will be posted here when available.
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