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Is your working life as a dentist perfect?


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If so that’s great but if not why not take part in next year’s Local Dental Committee (LDC) Conference, and tell us what you’d like to see help make some positive changes.

You can speak for your profession and be part of a movement for change.

My name is Leah Farrell and I am the chair of the next LDC Conference and I’m very much looking forward to next year’s event – which is going to be in Brighton, 4-5 June 2020 at the Grand Hotel. 

Conference 2020 promises to build on the work of recent conferences where delegates enthusiastically put forward innovative ideas for improving our professional lives. Hundreds of dentists from all over the UK will gather to meet new friends and form networks to further their careers.

I am particularly passionate about the issue of stress in our profession – it seems to be getting worse and I’m hearing stories of people feeling isolated and burnt out. We can all play a part in tackling this problem and I would like to place an emphasis on how we as LDCs can help each other when times get tough. 

The demographic of our workforce is changing, there are now more women than men entering the profession, and the standard career path of working as an associate and then buying a practice is changing. 

We need to hear the voices of as wide a spectrum of the profession as possible. This year conference passed a motion encouraging all LDCs to change their constitution to allow the co-option of two young dentists. 

This allows newcomers to join the LDC without having to worry about gathering votes, and gives them a way of meeting colleagues and to then get voted on to LDC as full member the next voting round.

A model LDC constitution can be found here

Any issues you feel strongly about can be debated and could well direct the policy of other key stakeholders, including your representatives on the General Dental Practice Committee.

This year we will be producing a quick guide to existing GDPC policy, so you can easily see what GDPC is already working on and help you to come up with new ideas and direction for change, that can have a real impact. 

We will keep you updated with progress on the programme for 2020 soon, but in the meantime, I call on LDCs to reach out to the younger dentists in their patch – please help support them and encourage them to get more involved. More information about LDC Conference is available on the website.

Leah Farrell

Leah Farrell, LDC Conference Chair
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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.