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​Speaking up for dentistry: LDC Officials' Day 2019

9 December 2019

LDC officials day group
LDC representatives, Shawn Charlwood, Leah Farrell, Nick Stolls and Shanta Mestry at LDC Officials' Day 2019, speaking up for dentistry (c) BDA


LDC representatives gathered in London on Friday 29 November for LDC Officials' Day, an event organised by the BDA, giving an update on dental politics and to provide a platform for discussion.

General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) Chair, Dave Cottam, highlighted the BDA's manifesto on Oral Health for the General Election, encouraging LDC reps to speak to their local candidates and speak up for dentistry.

He provided an update on developments from the GDPC, including contract reform, flexible commissioning, dentists' pay and the Government's pay review process (DDRB), the self-employed status of associates, issues with orthodontic commissioning and pensions issues for those working in the prison services.

The day also featured updates on access for dentists in England to the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, the new system of patient reviews on the NHS UK website, environmental sustainability in dentistry and news from the British Dental Guild, the Dentists Health Support Trust, and the BDA Benevolent Fund.

Mid-morning, delegates split into three groups to discuss the PASS programme, how LDC's can recruit a more diverse membership or communicating the LDCs messages with key stakeholders.

In the afternoon, the BDA advice team took questions from the floor on the BDA's new Indemnity scheme, pension developments, and employment issues.

If you missed it, catch up on what happened on the day with our Twitter story.

The slide presentations are also available on our website.


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