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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.

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

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.

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?   

​More information

For further information on LDCs, or if you would like contact details of the LDC secretary in your area please see the LDC Contacts pages or get in touch with LDC support at the BDA on 020 7563 4158 or email.