Current position: Chief Dental Officer
Course: BDS, Dentistry, 1973
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Barry Cockcroft qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973. In his final year he won the Charles Green prize for Minor Oral Surgery and anaesthesia.
Post-qualification, he spent a year as Senior House Officer in the Maxillo-Facial/Orthodontic department at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. He then worked for 27 years in NHS general dental practice before joining the Department of Health as Deputy Chief Dental Officer (England) in November 2002.
Prior to Barry’s appointment as DCDO he had served on the Warwickshire Local Dental Committee, including terms as chairman and secretary, been chairman of the West Midlands Association of LDCs and was elected to the General Dental Services Committee of the BDA in 1990.
He served on many sub-committees and working groups of the GDSC before being elected vice-chairman in 2000.
In 2001 he led one of the Task Groups which formed the basis of the Options for Change report, the policy document which formed the basis of the 2006 reforms.
From 1997, he was the clinical lead in developing and running a first wave Personal Dental Services pilot in Rugby which was based on capitation as a method of remuneration in NHS general practice.
Barry became Acting CDO in 2005 and was appointed Chief Dental Officer in 2006.
In 2007 Barry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery by the Faculty and in 2008 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire for his contribution to the dental profession. He was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List and in 2011 Barry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice.
Following the recent restructuring of the health and social care system, Barry provides clinical and professional advice and leadership to NHS England, the Dept of Health and Health Education England.
In 2012, he represented the University of Birmingham in the Christmas University Challenge.