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Conference 2017

Alisdair McKendrick Chairman 2017
Dear Colleague,

2017 Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees
8 and 9 June 2017 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

I was honoured to be elected to be chair for 2017 and am keen to introduce myself to all the LDCs of the UK and start the ball rolling for this year’s conference.

The conference takes place in Birmingham on the 8th and 9th June and I am asking you all to start thinking about it now.

Consider any motions now and as you'll see from the key deadlines noted below, you have until Friday 3 April to submit them. I have put together some top tips on writing motions and common pitfalls to avoid which may help, particularly if you're new to the process. Please follow this link to view my 'Motions Top Tips'.

The key deadlines for you to log are:

I want to try some new things and break a wee bit from tradition. To help us form an agenda that will interest and inform LDCs I am asking you to consider two questions:
  1. What are the three burning issues that concern you as an LDC?
    It can be anything at all. The BDA will be running a survey based on your responses and if you can take some time to think about this it would really be useful.
  2. Where do you see your LDC being in 20 years’ time?

If you can post your responses here that would be helpful.

Your motions at this year's conference can help to shape the future, the theme for this year’s conference. If we don't hear from you, we don't know what challenges you face.

You invested many years in training, and more as practitioners. Invest a few minutes now in telling us how we can provide the best outcomes for both dentists and patients in the years ahead.

I have had a long and frankly fabulous time being a dentist but I am concerned that it's just not so easy now.

What are we leaving for the 2017 BDS graduate?
What can we do to improve the prospects for young dentists and their patients?

Conference administration notes:

  • Book your conference and dinner tickets online by clicking here
    (Please be ready to enter GDC numbers for all attendees. Non-GDC registrants should enter ‘N/A’)
  • Submit your motions here
  • Nominations to GDPC should be submitted online here
  • Book your hotel online
    (please note that the deadline for booking hotels is 21 April 2017)
  • LDC Representatives to book travel through Ian Allan Travel (0117 9305 200  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Information about getting to the venue and booking your travel can be found here

Should you have any questions about attending the event please contact Fiona Feltham (Events Manager on behalf of the Annual Conference of LDCs) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 0207 563 4590.

I look forward to hearing from you all over the coming months and of course seeing you in June.

Kind regards

Alisdair Mckendrick
LDC Conference Chair 2017

Key Dates

Motions - 3 April 2017

The deadline for the receipt of motions is 12 noon on Friday 3 April, but it would be helpful to have them as early as possible. Please note that there is no limit to the number of motions you may submit.

Please submit motions by clicking here: Conference Motions Form and complete as indicated. Please word motions following the guidelines. Sometimes it is necessary to clarify motions at short notice and we ask for a telephone number and email address of an LDC officer who could authorise us to make clarifications.

Nominations to GDPC - 3 April 2017

LDC Conference will elect one member to the GDPC. The election will be held on the day of the conference, and nominations must be sent to us by Friday 3 April. To submit a nomination please click on here: GDPC Nomination Form.

Conference Registration & Hotel Booking Deadline - 21 April 2017

Please note the release date for all un-allocated rooms is Friday 21 April, so please do ensure you reserve your room before this date to guarantee availability and discounted rates.
You can make your hotel booking online here.

Final papers – 8 May 2017

Please note that the final papers for the Conference including the Conference Agenda and motions will be distributed the week commencing 8 May by email. Copies of the papers will also be available on the LDC Conference website. E-dinner tickets will  be emailed at that point too.