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​Guiding the future of young dentists: the new BDA Young Dentists Committee meets

23 February 2018



The first meeting of the new Young Dentists Committee took place on Thursday 22 February and welcomed new and returning members, who will be steering BDA's direction and strategy for the next three years.

At the meeting Nikki Patel was elected Chair, Lauren Harrhy Vice Chair and Executive Members, Jeremy Boyles, Rajdeep Singh Banga and Charles Pidgeon, were also elected.

The YDC is made up of 21 representatives and members are elected for a three-year period.



The Committee has representatives from the four UK countries and the different fields of practice in dentistry. Cross-representatives are also invited to the other BDA Committees to aid cross-working on issues of mutual interest.

New YDC Chair, Nikki Patel, said:

"I'm honoured to have been chosen by my peers to take on the role of Chair of the Young Dentist Committee. Dentistry as a profession is facing so many challenges right now, and I know there is a lot of uncertainty and concern amongst younger colleagues about their future career paths.

"Our Committee will aim to ensure the voice of younger dentists are heard on the big issues the BDA is grappling with: things like pay, contract reform, CPD, regulation, training, and the status of our profession.

"We can't do this alone though, I encourage every young dentist out there to ensure they are informed and to voice their opinions. Only together can we make change happen and ensure our interests are safeguarded."

What types of 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.


Know an outstanding young dentist? Nominate them!

Our Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists is now open for nominations - the Award aims to recognise the achievements of younger members of the profession.


If you know a young dentist who is going the extra mile, then please nominate them now.


Last year, outstanding young dentist, Imran Ashgar won the Award for his commitment to the profession and further eduction, as well his local community and charity work.