Who do LDCs represent?
they are recognised, LDCs represent dentists with a General Dental
Services (GDS) Contract and may represent dentists working under a
GDS contract or a Primary Dental Services (PDS) agreement.
An LDC may
only represent those dentists who are members or who are on an
'NHS Performers List' list at the locality covered by the LDC.
also represent dentists in the NHS community dental services and other
spheres of dental practice, but this must be agreed locally.
Regional Groups and LDC Federations
England, LDC Secretaries and Chairs meet on a regional basis to discuss
issues affecting the profession. These Regional Groupings generally
reflect Strategic Health Authority (SHA) boundaries.
In some areas, LDCs
simply group together to share information and support colleagues. In
other areas, LDCs federate and share resources, offering a single point
The BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) has regular meetings with regional LDC representatives.
The GDPC - LDC Regional Liaison Group
is chaired by Dave Cottam, Vice-Chair of the GDPC, and it exists as an
information exchange to inform both the work of LDCs locally and the
work of GDPC in its national negotiations. For more information about the work of the Group or for any other questions, please email or tel 020 7563 4158.
LDCs involved in these
groupings find them a very useful way of developing communication across
the locality, while maintaining individual LDCs autonomy.
The BDA would
encourage any LDC that is not currently a member of a regional group
to explore joining one for their locality.
For information on how to do
this please contact LDC Support
Every year, LDCs across the UK hold conferences to discuss the issues facing the profession.
The main LDC Conference is independent of the BDA, but BDA staff assist by providing organisational and administrative support, and by hosting regular meetings of the various LDC Conference organising committees across the UK nations.
We also help to collate the motions for debate at the conferences - find out more in our blogs.
Further information about the English LDC Conference is available on the LDC Conference website
Further information about the Scottish LDC Conference can be found on the BDA website.
Getting involved in the work of LDCs