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Local Dental Committees

Local Dental Committees (LDCs) in the UK were set up in 1948, at the inception of the NHS. In England and Wales, provision in statute has been made for them to be recognised and consulted since the NHS Act 1977. Local NHS representatives may consult with LDCs on any matters of local dental interest.

In both Scotland and Northern Ireland no provision is made for LDCs in statute. LDCs in both countries do exist however, and frequently consult with the health boards for their respective localities.

There are 110 LDCs across the UK.

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 -

Northern Regional Council of LDCs

​Lay secretary




​Gateshead & South Tyneside



​North Tyne

​​Lay secretary








​Durham and Darlington

​Lay secretary


​Lay secretary

North West region

Regional representative: Stuart Allan -

Manchester Federation of LDCs 

​Bolton LDC

Bury & Rochdale


​Manchester LDC



​Salford LDC

​Secretary – John McClean

Stockport LDC

​Malcom Newsome

​Trafford LDC

​Secretary – John McClean

Vice Chair - Kaushik Sarangi

West Pennine LDC


Baris Alhan  

Tel: 07715106329

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


Mid Mersey

Warrington, St Helens, Knowsley

​Hon Sec - Mark Woodger



South Cheshire

Macclesfield, Knutsford, Crewe, Nantwich, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port 

​Administrator - Frances Morton


​Phillip Brown  

Yorkshire and The Humber region

Regional representative: Ian Gordon -


​Chair - Steve Thompson
Tel: 07962 044887
Secretary - Ella Black
Tel:07894 124986

​South Humber 
Scunthorpe, Grimsby & surrounding areas

​Oliver Godfrey





​Bradford and Airedale

​Alyn Morgan
Tel: 07711132875

​Calderdale and Kirklees

​Matthew Collins

Doncaster & Bassetlaw


​East Riding

​Chris Groombridge
Tel: 07939 540307



​North Yorkshire

East Midlands region

Regional representative: Andrew Dale -

Derby City

​Andrew Dale

Derbyshire County

​Tel: 07850 214417





​Secretary - Ash Desai 



​Jason Wong
Tel: 07977408890


West Midlands region

Regional representative: Eddie Crouch -

​Arden and Hereford

​Chair - Simon Harrison 


​Secretary - Vijay Sudra



​Secretary - William Sidhu



​Secretary - Anjum Shaikh

North Staffordshire​



Secretary - ​Anish Patel 


​Chair - Robert Tobin


​Secretary - David Brindley


​Secretary - Jenny Warham




East of England region

Regional representative: Nick Stolls -


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

​Secretary - Amiras Chokshi
Tel: 01354 650013



Mark Preston
Tel: 01268 683739



​Secretary - Peter Tatton

Milton Keynes



​Secretary - Nick Stolls


​Secretary - Leah Farrell



London region

Regional representative: Michael Clarke -

South East Coast region

Regional representative: Emmanuel Lazanakis -

South Central region

Regional representative: Keith Percival Nilesh Patel -


Jonathan Mynors-Wallis
Tel: 07706 146033

Hampshire and IOW

​Keith Percival






South West region

Regional representative: Andrew Taylor -

Regional Liaison Groups

Details of the regional liaison groups are available to download.


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 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

LDC Conference

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

Getting involved in the work of LDCs

Are you a primary care dentist interested in representing colleagues at a local level?

If yes, why not contact your LDC Secretary or the BDA for more information?