I am delighted that the Agenda Committee and I were able to deliver the LDC Conference virtually again this year. Although I miss, as I am sure many others do, meeting face to face I was encouraged by the number of younger colleagues joining us.
I am very grateful to all our invited speakers who made such great contributions. I was particularly interested in the discussion between the English CDO, Sara Hurley, the Head of Primary Care commissioning, Ed Waller and the GDPC Chair, Shawn Charlwood. It was also informative to hear the clinical perspectives of the two deputy CDOs, Rebecca Harris and Jason Wong.
Steve Mulligan certainly put the concept of sustainable practice on our agendas. I expect this would have been a developing subject anyway but dealing with the pandemic has massively increased the amount of PPE we are using and naturally disposing. The proposers of motions got on board with the new format enthusiastically and this really made the day.
None of us will practice forever and we need to nurture new entrants into our profession, Prof Youngson helpfully highlighted the challenges facing dental undergraduates and those who teach them, and the likely way forward.
Roz McMullan highlighted the necessity of looking after ourselves and our teams at all times, but particularly during the challenges of working in the pandemic.