About us

The Local Dental Network is hosted and supported by NHS England South. The LDN enables dental stakeholders to share ideas and feed back to the regional team. This is a great opportunity to influence delivery of NHS dental services across the whole dental pathway including primary care, hospital and community care in and out of hours.

  • A clinically-led Steering Group at the core
  • A wider network of clinicians and stakeholders with opportunities to be involved in service improvement
  • Engagement with the wider community of practitioners, practice owners and others involved in providing services, as well as patients and stakeholders.

The aims of the LDN are to provide a vehicle for clinically led and clinically owned delivery of:

  • Quality improvements
  • Best outcomes for patients that reflect local need
  • Best use of NHS resources
  • Planning and delivering integrated care pathways
  • Strategies for service planning and health improvements
  • Leadership and engagement
  • Workforce planning and development

The structure of the Kent and Medway Local Dental Network is based on a three layer model: a small core team, a larger group of expertise and an outer supportive network of stakeholders and partners:

A graphic showing the structure of the Kent and Medway Dental LPN with a small core team, a larger group of expertise and an outer supportive network

Managed Clinical Networks

The LDN is supported by a number of Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) that feed into the main LDN meetings. You can find out more about these on our Managed Clinical Networks page.