Barry cockcroftToday (Friday 31 October) NHS England has announced that chief dental officer, Barry Cockcroft CBE, has decided to step down in early 2015.

NHS England’s national medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, said: ‘Barry has made a huge contribution to dental health during his time as chief dental officer, especially with the production in 2007 of the first ever guide to evidence based prevention in primary care, Delivering Better Oral Health, which is still in print.

‘His leadership and commitment over many years has significantly improved dental services for patients.’

So that an orderly transition can take place, the recruitment of a new chief dental officer has already started.