This year's Local Dental Committee's (LDC) Officials' Day held on 2 December in London gave LDC Officials an update on the latest developments in dental politics.
LDC Officials' Day is an annual event organised by the BDA and this, nearly 200 delegates attended, and most LDCs were represented by their locally elected official/s.
The event was introduced by Joe Hendron, LDC Conference Chair and the morning session featured an update on the General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), by GDPC Chair Henrik Overgaard Nielsen, a session on dental contract reform, by Eric Rooney, the Deputy Chief Dental Officer and Helen Miscampbell, Dental & Eyecare Section Head Department of Health at UK Department of Health, followed by a lively Q&A.
The afternoon session included an update on the work of Performance Advisory Groups and Performance List Decision Panels (PLDPs) by Manda Copage, Assistant Head of Primary Care for the National Performers List, NHS England and John Hodson, Senior IG Specialist from NHS Digital introducing the new data security and protection toolkit that dentists will need to use for patient data.
Andrew Taylor, Head of the Dental Programme from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, also spoke about new digital developments from NHS England of relevance to dental practitioners, including SNOMED CT.
A series of break-out sessions for delegates featured sessions on working with the media, given by Ashley Dé, Head of Communications at the BDA, an update on the GDC's work, including Fitness to Practise data analysis and enhanced CPD by Executive Director of Strategy, Matthew Hill and Policy Manager Jessica Rothnie, and an update on the General Dental Protection Regulation, by BDA Practice Management Consultant Victoria Mitchell.
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