Gearing up for LDC Conference 2018I have found it a huge honour to have been elected to chair the 67th Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees, and I look forward to welcoming you to the iconic Europa Hotel in Belfast on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June 2018.
The agenda for Conference although in its early stages, is taking shape.The principal theme will be dental contract reform. I have always believed that reform is essential for our patients and for the dentists we represent. We have to get it right or lose the opportunity for another generation. In the 21st century a new contract must have prevention at its core, and it must provide the treatment necessary for our older patients, the heavy metal generation. It must be made accessible to all patients including those who are most vulnerable and do not have a voice. It must be equitable to both the patients and to those delivering the care.
There is a formal conference dinner on the evening of the 7 June. I am very pleased that Professor Callum Youngson, Dean of Liverpool Dental School, will be sharing some of his more humourous views of dentistry.
I would urge you to come along and make your voice heard – I would encourage you to take up your full allocation of places and where possible, bring your younger representatives as a delegate or observer. We all understand the need for parents to bring their children to the dentist at an early age – likewise take any fear or apprehension away from the future leaders of the profession.
Motions and footage from 2017
I hope many of you have already started to discuss motions at your local meetings.
Further details of how to submit your motions can be found here. The deadline for submission of motions is Tuesday 3 April.
The motions form to complete online can be found here
Take a look back at the discussions that took place last year. Footage of the conference is available here – all broken down into watchable chunks of motions and presentations.
Nominations for the Unsung Hero Award
Don’t forget there is the opportunity to nominate a colleague who has played a pivotal role within your LDC, but who has received little recognition.
Further details can be found here. The closing date for nominations is Friday 16 March.
Nominations for the General Dental Practice Committee
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 by Friday 6 April. Nominations should be submitted here.
Book your conference and dinner tickets online by 6 April here.
(Please be ready to enter individual email addresses and GDC numbers for all attendees. Non-GDC registrants should enter 'N/A')
How many people can my LDC send?
Book bedrooms before 20 April. Details of how to are available here.
Travel and expenses
Information about travel arrangements and expense claims can be found here.
I look forward to seeing you there!
LDC Conference Chair 2018