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LDC Conference 2018: looking forward to the debate

Blog Author Joe Hendron

Blog Date 04/04/2018



As another UDA year came to an end, the clocks have been reset to zero and we are on same journey again to avoid as much clawback as possible in 2018/19. 

The Easter break will have come as a welcome relief to most of us trying to achieve our targets before the end of the UDA year.

When will we find an alternative to this crazy way of providing dental health care? Hopefully the Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees (LDCs) this June will go some way to giving us an answer.

See what to expect of conference by watching last year's recorded coverage of proceedings online.

It's great to see so many old faces signing up, as well as a number of new ones, Belfast certainly is proving to be a popular venue for our event. As well as getting involved in the serious business of the Conference, I also hope those attending will be able to see some of the sights and experience some of the 'craic'.

Follow us on Twitter on @LDCConference for updates and if you haven't yet booked, please do so asap.


What's on the agenda?

This year's programme is shaping up and hopefully, it will offer you an interesting and varied two days, enabling discussion, debate, and helping to move our agenda forward.

We have received a great number of motions again this year with some new and very topical subject matter.

We will consider the impact of a recent GMC decision and its implications for our profession, the need for better policies on training and the recruitment of dentists, as well as calls for improved remuneration and commissioning of dental services. I am looking forward to chairing lots of healthy debate.

General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) Chair Henrik Overgaard Nielsen will give us his reflections on the work carried out by the Committee over the last year. He will also give an update on policy changes based on the motions passed at last year's conference.

The Department of Health is seeking to recruit 20 more practices to progress the prototype project. Have they anything new to offer? Is dental contract reform a done deal? Is the end in sight with national roll‐out around the corner? Is this the deal to improve our patients dental care for the future? So many questions needing answers…

John Milne, the Care Quality Commission's Senior National Dental Adviser, will give a presentation on the Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme which is also the subject of several motions.

Michael Donaldson, Head of Dental Services, Health & Social Care Board, Northern Ireland, will give a brief overview of the issues in commissioning dentistry in Northern Ireland, local developments and give a possible view of the future.

Similarly, Ben Squires, Head of Primary Care Operations, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, will present an overview of Devomanc and discuss where commissioning dentistry might fit within the health and social care framework in Greater Manchester.

A Q&A session will follow, with all four Chief Dental Officers joining us to discuss the benefits of devolved commissioning of dental care.

What can we learn from each country's experiences ‐ what needs to be done to improve things in the future. Is taking the N out of the NHS a good thing?

Joe HendronJoe Hendron

LDC Conference Chair 2018


LDC Conference 2018

Local Dental Committees (LDCs) represent the profession locally. They discuss service configuration and commissioning, NHS management of service providers, practice staffing, workforce planning, dental education and regulations and regulatory changes, all of which have a local impact, often in different ways in different areas.


LDC Conference 2018 is taking place in Belfast from 7-8 June 2018 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast - book online.