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LDC Conference – Online. Saturday 25 July 2020

Registration is now open!

Plans for a virtual LDC Conference on Saturday 25 July are now well underway. The day will incorporate much of what is core to Conference - the discussion of motions, the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in dental politics and debate with key figures in the profession, and indeed to network with colleagues from across the UK.
The below provides a summary on the registration process and the deadlines for motions and nominations.
Action required by Wednesday 1 July


This year is exceptional in that a virtual conference has been convened at pace, and the time
available to consider motions is shorter than in “normal “ years. Notwithstanding the shortened timeframe we are confident that LDCs will be able to confer and will have many burning issues to raise in the form of motions for debate.

We request that motions are submitted by Wednesday 1 July.

The agenda committee is acutely aware that events are moving very quickly and accept you
may want to leave submission motions until nearer the deadline. Motions of an urgent nature may be admitted for debate nearer the date of conference at the discretion of the Conference Chair.

We recommend looking at the ‘Contribute’ section of the website where there is
plenty of guidance on how to effectively prepare and then propose a motion.

Once motions are confirmed, proposers will be contacted by the organising team to arrange the video recording of their motion. Video recording in advance (e.g. using a camera on your phone) is the preferred method as it will allow for smoother running of the conference on the day. If you are not able to record your speech in advance you will be able speak live. Please note the proposer must be available to attend and engage on the day of the Conference and has the right to reply to any debate that arises.

Proposal of motions may not exceed three minutes in length. The time allowed for reply is one minute.


To help with the revised format for this year, nominations for the positions outlined below must be submitted in advance using the online nomination forms available on the website. It will not be possible to nominate ‘from the floor’.
Elections will take place for the following seven positions:

1. Chair elect of conference
2. Honorary treasurer
3. Two honorary auditors
4. One representative to GDPC
5. One representative to the board of managers of the British Dental Guild
6. One representative to the Conference Agenda Committee

Information about what each of the roles entails can be found on the website here.

All nominations must be received by Wednesday 1 July.

Registration process

As usual the Conference is open to nominated LDC representatives and members of the BDA General Dental Practice Committee.
The conference will be hosted on Zoom, and all LDCs representative and GDPC members must register in advance (booking via the LDC Conference website) to ensure they receive their unique access links which will be distributed with final papers (due out Saturday 18 July).

Click here to book your place

How many people can my LDC send?

If you are unsure how many people your LDC can register for the Conference, you can check the list of permitted Representatives for each LDC here.
Where an LDC is entitled to send a sole Representative, they are also permitted to send an accompanying (permitted Observer).

Special observer places – for newcomers!

Our achievements from conference benefit younger members of our profession more than anyone. We are therefore very keen to encourage more younger dentists to attend. To this end, in addition to the normal allocation of conference places each LDC is able to register one special observer.
This is a unique opportunity for newcomers to immerse themselves in dental politics and hopefully launch a career-long interest. These special overseer places are reserved for those who are new to dental representation, first time conference goers and in the first decades of their career.
If an LDC has someone who meets this criterion, their Secretary can register a newcomer to Conference online selecting ‘LDC Special Observer’ as the ticket type.

Further assistance or questions

If you have a question regarding your motion submission or nomination please contact Alexandra Cenic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
If you require assistance regarding your registration for the Conference please contact Fiona Feltham (Events Manager) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First virtual LDC Conference planned for July 25th...

Welcome to the Local Dental Committee (LDC) Conference website, the essential guide to getting involved and making the most of LDC Conference.

What is LDC Conference?

LDC Conference is an annual gathering of hundreds of LDC and GDPC representatives from all over the UK to exchange thoughts, encourage collaboration and turn ideas into reality.

The event is the highlight of the LDC calendar -results driven, up to the minute and you won’t want to miss it..

Due to the coronavirus , this year we are holding the conference online. We are going to incorporate most of the usual elements of conference but inevitably the social interaction element will have to wait until we can meet again face to face.

The conference event will run this year from 10am until 4pm with scheduled breaks throughout.

Highlights from the successful 2019 LDC Conference held in Birmingham can be found here, and include reflections of the event from the Chair Vijay Sudra.

Conference Video Footage of the 2019 debates and formal presentations can be found here - broken down in easy to find sections.

Purpose of conference.

The main purpose of conference is to allow grass roots dentists to speak out and let our representatives at the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) know what is important to us. This is done during the conference motions part of the agenda. Details of the GDPC can be found here.

Our online conference will this year offer opportunities to scrutinise key players in the profession. Delegates will be able to post questions to senior influencers in the profession and inform them as they make decisions on our behalf. Details to follow.

Conference this year will be a right up to the minute forum for dentists to collaborate, focus on solutions and find new ways to improve our working lives and to facilitate us to do the best for our patients.

It is also an important opportunity to celebrate the successes of GDPC negotiations and if necessary express our displeasure with any failures.


Leah Farrell - Chair of Conference 2020

Who can attend Conference?

LDC conference is a gathering of delegates from all over the UK and consists of:

  • LDC Representatives
  • Permitted Observers
  • GDPC Members
  • Members of the Conference Agenda Committee
  • Special observer seats are available this year

A list showing your LDCs allocation of attenders can be found here.
If an LDC wishes to send more Representatives or Observers than they are entitled to send, approval should be requested from the Conference Chair in advance.