Carson Black studied dentistry at Queen’s University, Belfast. On qualification in 1982 he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps and followed a career in general dental practice. He holds Membership in General Dental Surgery at Edinburgh, Fellowship of the Faculty and the Certificate in Dental Health Services Leadership and Management. He has been a Foundation trainer, Principal Dental Officer, Regional Healthcare Director and Chief Dental Officer for the Army. Currently he works as a part time advisor with CQC.