Chief Dental Officer

Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer

Barry Cockcroft CBE is Chief Dental Officer (CDO), the Government’s principal dental adviser and the professional head of dental staff in England.The Chief Dental Officer helps ensure that ministers, the Department of Health and wider government receives appropriate, timely, high quality and professional advice in respect of the practice of dentistry and the promotion of good oral health.

About Barry Cockcroft: Qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973. Worked for 27 years in NHS general practice. Was clinical lead in developing and running a first wave personal dental service in Rugby based on capitation as a method of remuneration in NHS general practice.

Served on the Warwickshire Local Dental Committee as Chairman and Secretary. Was Chairman of West Midlands Association of Local Dental Committees, and elected to the General Dental Services Committee of the British Dental Association in 1990. Served on many subcommittees and working groups of the General Dental Services Committee before being elected Vice-Chairman in 2000. Served as a magistrate on the Warwickshire bench between 1992 and 2000.

Joined the DH in 2002 as Acting Chief Dental Officer and then Deputy Chief Dental Officer. Awarded the CBE in 2010. He is married with three children.

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