General Dental Practice Committee

The official representative body for GDPs

The General Dental Practice Committee represents all general dental practitioners in the UK and aims to reflect the mixed economy of dental practice. It represents the interests, and acts on behalf of, dentists working in general practice. It is also recognised by the Government as representing NHS general dental practitioners in negotiations and consultations.

The current chair is Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen and the vice-chairs are Dave Cottam and Richard Emms. Watch the video below to find out why Henrik thinks representation is important:


What does the GDPC do?

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.

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.

Keep up-to-date

Find details of the report from recent meetings here.

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.

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Contact us

If you would like further information regarding the GDPC please contact or telephone 020 7563 4157.


Page last updated: 18 July 2016