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Young Dentists Committee

The Young Dentists Committee represents dentists who have been qualified for up to 10 years. The Committee is made up of a variety of young dentists who bring an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to this group. The YDC champions the careers of younger dentists in terms of policy making, political lobbying, and improving the quality of working life for young dentists and their prospects for the future.

What does the YDC do?

  • Considers the needs of young dentists during their career (Up to 10 years post-graduation from first dental degree)
  • Acts as a channel of communication within the BDA
  • Makes recommendations on behalf of young dentists
  • Identifies talent and provides continuity in the BDA.

What types o​​f issues does the YDC work on?

  • Career development, role in practice and leadership
  • Dental Foundation Training/Vocation Dental Training, and the continuing education of dentists
  • The new NHS contract and the future of the profession for all spheres of practice
  • Increasing the representation of young dentists on the decision-making bodies within dentistry

Read a summary of the YDC achievements from 2015-17.


Who sits on the YDC?

The YDC is made up of 21 seats. Members are elected for a three-year period. The current executive committee members are:


  • Nikki Patel - Chair
  • Lauren Harrhy - Vice Chair
  • Rajdeep Singh Banga - Executive member
  • Jeremy Boyles - Executive member
  • Charles Pidgeon - Executive member



Getting involved: what can you do?

To get involved, the best place to start is in your local area. BDA Branches and Sections​ are a great place to meet other dentists and they offer clinical lectures, social events and other meetings. 

They offer opportunities to network with other practitioners in your local area and become more involved in and obtain a greater understanding of the issues in your area.

They are a great place to meet like-minded peers, as well as discovering potential mentors or future employers.

Young Dentist Groups

Some branches have specific Young Dentist Group (YDG). These groups are run by young dentists and are aimed at bringing younger members together in the local area for social events, clinical lectures and more.

Why not contact your local branch or young dentist group to get involved locally?


Got any feedback?

We'd love to hear your views, issues and any comments on how the BDA can support you as a young dentist, please email: Young Dentists.​