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General Dental Practitioners

We represent dentists working in general practice across the UK through our committees.

General Dental Practice Committee

The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) represents all general dental practitioners in the UK and aims to reflect the mixed economy of dental practice.



Who sits on GDPC?

GDPC committee members

From left to right: Mick Armstrong, Vijay Sudra, Leah Farrell, Dave Cottam, Shawn Charlwood, Nilesh Patel, and Nick Stolls

The current Chair is Shawn Charlwood and the and the Vice Chairs are Shiv Pabary and Vijay Sudra.


There are 72 directly elected members of the Committee, three members from LDC Conference, a representative of the Conference of Vocational Training Advisers and there are a number of seats for other organisations.


The Chair and Vice-Chair of the BDA's Principal Executive Committee are also members of the Committee.


Members are elected for three-year terms.


The full GDPC usually meets three times a year in London.


What issues does the GDPC work on?

The GDPC Remuneration Sub-Committee deals with aspects of dental remuneration for both NHS and private practitioners.


It prepares the GDP element of evidence to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration, and contributes to reports and policy papers on general practice finance and business expenses.


The BDA hosts meetings of the Local Dental Committees (LDCs) regional representatives and oversees a GDPC-LDC liaison group, to ensure that both groups share information and work together to achieve common aims.


Want to get involved?

Seats can become available post-election, and by-elections are then held - if you would like to stand, please see if there is a current seat available in your area.


For more information get in touch with our elections team.


Keep up-to-date

To keep up-to-date with the BDA's work on a wide range of topics, please ensure we have your correct email address (you can update via the My BDA section) to receive our monthly e-newsletter and e-alerts or call our membership team to update your details, on 020 7563 4550.


BDA blogs include opinions from GDPC members and other stakeholders, read our latest blogs for GDPs.


You can follow the @BDA on Twitter for latest news updates.


Contact us

If you would like further information regarding the GDPC please email Tom King tom.king@bda.org or tel 020 7563 4579.