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Barbara Chadwick  MBE BDS MScD PhD FDSRCSEd

Professor Barbara Chadwick


Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Dentistry

School of Dentistry


Emeritus Professor in Paediatric Dentistry Cardiff University

Formerly Director of Education and Students


My research used the evidence base to reduce health inequalities and improve clinical effectiveness by:
* Systematic reviews to identify best practice;
* Epidemiology e.g. dicennial Child Dental Health Survey 2014 to collect national disease prevalence date which will set the agenda for NHS treatment and research priorities, as the only paediatric dentist I prepared the examination criteria and trained the dentists;
* Clinical trials to test treatments in primary care e.g.
As Co-Chief Investigator / Co-Lead Applicant  £1.3M NIHR HTA sponsored Seal or Varnish investigating the relative clinical and cost effectiveness of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish.  The largest and most highly funded clinical dental research project in Wales is a key element of the NIHR's UK national dental portfolio.  The work involved close collaboration with the South East Wales Trials Unit.
As Welsh Lead for £2.9M NIHR HTA sponsored FiCTION study investigating clinical and cost effectiveness of filling decay in children's primary (baby) teeth. The study involves six UK Dental Schools, Newcastle clinical trails unit and over 70 general dental practices across the UK. I train the Welsh dentists to recruit children to the trial which will report in 2018 and will guide NHS practice with regards to the management of decay in primary teeth.

Research Projects:

Seal or Varnish? A randomised trial to determine the relative cost and cost effectiveness of fissure sealants and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay. NIHR – HTA (Project: 08/104/04)
FiCTION – Filling Children's Teeth: Indicated or Not? NIHR HTA (Project: 07/44/03).

Child Dental Health Survey 2014. Department of Health.


From January 2020 - July 2020 I was Joint Acting Head of School

Until September 2020 when I retired I was Director of Education & Students with responsibility for QA of all taught programmes, student disciplinary, welfare and fitness to practice processes, chair undergraduate examination boards. I led the Schools Paediatric Dentistry teaching for 25 years and until my retirement taught at all levels from primary BDS to Intercollegiate Fellowship level.

I have extensive experience as an External Examiner at Universities across the United Kingdom at both Undergraduate and Specialist level and have examined on behalf of the Edinburgh College and am a  past Chair of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in Paediatric Dentistry.


University Education:

October 1979- December 1983 London Hospital Medical College

Academic Qualifications:

BDS (hons)      University London 1983
FDS RCS        Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1987
MScD              University of Wales 1990
PhD                 University of Wales 1997


MBE 2021

Specialist Training:

Certificate of Accreditation Paediatric Dentistry
Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, 1993
Registered as Specialist Paediatric Dentistry
General Dental Council, 1999


Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching, 2001.
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, 2007.

Professional memberships

British Dental Association
British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Teachers Group
European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
British Society for Dental Research
British Society for Disability and Oral Health
International Association of Paediatric Dentistry
International Association of Dental Research
Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Cochrane Oral Health Group