What we do

NHS England recognises LDC as a key stakeholder to be consulted on issues relating to the dental profession.

LDC members:

  • Represent the interests of all primary care dental practitioners and dental professionals.
  • Provide advice and support to colleagues including mentoring services via the PASS scheme.
  • Feedback grass roots views at national level and to local NHSE team.
  • Report to our electorate on significant national developments.
  • Signpost you to help if you are not sure where to turn.
  • Provide support to colleagues who may be under investigation.


The LDC acts in line with a nationally agreed and legally ratified constitution.

This is YOUR LDC.  If you feel the LDC could help colleagues by becoming a member, stand for a position each time there is an election (next due Feb/ March 2023).  We always welcome new members who will contribute to the functioning of the committee. If you are a levy payor, then you are allowed to attend all meetings, contact the secretary in advance.

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PASS Scheme

Birmingham LDC has an established PASS ( Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme), which aims to provide subsidised mentoring services to Birmingham LDC levy payers. This service is delivered by four mentors with postgraduate level training in mentoring and coaching. The PASS aims to provide support, advice and guidance in both professional and personal lives. It aims to do this in a ‘safe place’ for open, confidential and non judgemental advice.

Shaping the future

NHS dentistry has never been under more strain.  Relentless changes to local NHS structures and commissioning teams do little to stabilise the situation.  This LDC will work where we can with the new ICS boards to ensure an appropriate service level remains and, if we can at all , enable an improvement to this locally.  We have also had substantive dialogue with Healthwatch Birmingham too and will continue such meetings to enable solutions to the problems that our teams, and ultimately our patients are faced with.

You can help shape the future of your LDC by becoming involved.  New members always welcomed.

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Meet LDC Committee

The LDC has an Executive made up of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, the total number of members on the committee is 20 with 10 positions up for election every 2 years.

Meetings are normally held on the second Tuesday in the months of February, April, June, September, November, December.  We are happy to discuss any issues raised by dentists in the area and to take those issues to the Area Team Commissioners as well as feed this back nationally where necessary.   During the pandemic, far more frequent meetings were held and these were all remote.  Restrictions permitting, the LDC has decided to return to face-to-face meetings from September 2022.

Committee Members


Vijay Sudra

221 Heathway Shard End, Birmingham, B34 6QU, T: 0121 7478227


Mr Abid Hussain

62 Gravelly Hill Erdington, Birmingham, B23 7PF, T: 0121 3272358


Ms Gillian Cottam

BDS(Hons) FDS RCS DOrth RCS PGCert ED. 20 Summer Road Acocks, Green Birmingham, B27 7UT, T: 0121 707569


Mr Balraj Dhami

Oakville Dental 968, Bristol Road Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6NB, T: 0121 472 2234


Mr David Cottam

1 St Peter’s Road, Harborne Birmingham, B17 OAT, T: 0121 428 2824


Mr Rohit Farmah

Addision Dental Practice, 31 Redhill Road West, Heath Birmingham B32 3JS


Mr Amit Kohli

City Dental Practice 364, Dudley Road Winson, Green Birmingham, B18 4HJ


Mr Rajesh Handa

Moseley 9 Salisbury Road, Birmingham, B13 8JS, T: 0121 4491866


Mr Ravinder Jakhu

Castle Dental Care, Tangmere Square Castle, Vale Birmingham, B35 6DL, T: 0121 7476539


Mr Ashok Takhar

643 Kingstanding Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B44 9SU, T: 0121 3543579