Specialty Groups and Special Interest Groups
The College is affiliated with a number of paediatric specialty groups and special interest groups.
Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine
Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
British Academy of Childhood Disability
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health
British Association for Paediatric Nephrology
British Association of Community Child Health
British Association of General Paediatrics
British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology
British Association of Perinatal Medicine
British Congenital Cardiac Association
British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group
British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group
British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group
British Paediatric Neurology Association
British Paediatric Pathology Association
British Paediatric Respiratory Society
British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
British Society for Paediatric Dermatology
British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Child Protection Special Interest Group
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Clinical Genetics Group
George Still Forum - National Paediatric ADHD Network Group
International Child Health Group
Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/MR Special Interest Group
Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group
Paediatric Haematology Subcommittee - British Society for Haematology
Paediatric Intensive Care Society
Paediatric Mental Health Group
Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group
Remote and Rural Paediatric Special Interest Group
Young People's Health Special Interest Group
British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
Visual Impairment Special Interest Group
Clinical Pharmacology Special Interest Group
British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health
About: The APPM represents doctors working in paediatric palliative care across all care settings in the UK. The APPM therefore represents both paediatricians with an interest in paediatric medicine and other doctors, particularly GPs with a specialist interest, many of whom are working in children's hospices.
Membership: 115 paying members (2011)
Contact: Patrick Carragher (Chair) email@example.com
About: APEM is a charity promoting excellence, training and research in paediatric emergency medicine. It has an important role in setting training requirements and competencies. Membership is open to doctors, nurses and allied health workers with an interest in paediatric emergency care.
Membership: Over 225
Contact: Julia Surridge (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: BACD is an organisation for professionals from various backgrounds (including education and social care, as well as health), working in the field of childhood disability. The group is a specialty group of the RCPCH, affiliated to the British Association of Community Child Health and operates as the UK branch of the European Academy of Childhood Disability.
Contact: Karen Horridge (Chair) email@example.com
About: BAAF is the UK’s leading adoption and fostering membership association, which promotes the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services on behalf of children separated from their birth families. In addition to campaigning and finding adoptive and permanent families, BAAF provides training, conferences and consultancy, publishes an extensive list of highly respected expert publications, and provides information and advice.
Membership: Over 450
Contact: Florence Merredew (Convenor) Florence.Merredew@corambaff.org.uk
About: BACAPH (previously known as the Child Public Health Interest Group) is a joint group of BACCH and the Faculty of Public Health. It is dedicated to the development of child public health within both paediatrics and public health. Membership is open to members of BACCH and FPH who have an interest in the subject area and to child health practitioners from other disciplines.
Contact: Ingrid Wolfe (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: BAPN is partnered with the UK Renal Association and aims to set and improve the standard of medical care for children with renal disease.
Contact: Martin Christian (Secretary) Martin.Christian@nuh.nhs.uk
About: BACCH is a membership organisation for doctors and other professionals working in paediatrics and child health in the community. It is the largest specialty group of the RCPCH. BACCH has five affiliate groups.
About: BAGP aims to promote general paediatric care for children in the UK. It facilitates communication of the views and experience of clinicians working in general paediatrics.
Contact: Peter Heinz (Chair) email@example.com
About: BAPA is an association of paediatricians practising audio-vestibular medicine and who are dedicated to the development of high-quality hearing assessments for children. BAPA also seeks to be at the forefront of professional development in the field of paediatric audio-vestibular medicine.
Membership: Over 200
Contact: Kathleen Coats (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: BAPM is an association of both health professionals and allied professionals with an active interest in perinatal medicine. We want to see a more structured, collaborative approach to caring for pregnant women, newly-delivered mothers and newborn babies where hospitals, clinicians and other health professionals work closely together, formally and informally, to provide the safest and most effective service for mothers and babies.
Membership: Approx 900
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About: BCCA provides a voice for cardiology and cardiac surgery within any committee or organisation making decisions, which have a bearing on the future development of the speciality.The Association aims to promote the study and care of patients with heart diseases, to support the works of specialist centres and to promote communication and co-operation between centres.
About: BIMDG aims to improve the provision of services for patients with inherited metabolic disorders.
Contact: Anupam Chakrapani (Chair) email@example.com
About: Members of the BPAIIG are actively involved in the clinical care of children, as well as in research and development of new methods of investigation and treatment of allergic, immune and infectious conditions.
Membership: Approx. 100
Contact: Saul Faust (Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Christine Burren (Convenor) Christine.Burren@UHBristol.nhs.uk
About: BPNA is a professional organisation for doctors who specialise in the care of children with neurological disorders. Membership is open to those devoting the majority of their time to paediatric neurology, paediatric neurodisability and allied neurosciences.
Contact: John Livingston (Chair) email@example.com
Contact: Flora Jessop (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The BPRS is a multidisciplinary organisation which exists to promote the respiratory health of all children and to improve the health of children with respiratory disease.
Contact: Jeremy Hull (Guidelines Officer) email@example.com
About: BSPAR aims to advance paediatric rheumatology care in the UK and Ireland by raising the standards of clinical care, enhancing the quality of training, promoting research and promoting awareness of relevant conditons to all health professionals and the public.
Contact: Clarissa Pilkington (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The BPSD exists to further understanding of skin disease in children and to enhance their care by encouraging education and research in all aspects of paediatric dermatology.
Contact: Mary Glover (President) email@example.com
About: BSPED aims to improve the care of children and young people with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus by bringing together professionals from a range of disciplines, including tertiary paediatric endocrinologists and diabetologists, general paediatricians with an interest in endocrinology and/or diabetes, researchers, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of these patients.
Membership: approx. 450
Contact: Timothy Cheetham (Chairman) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: BSPGHAN provides professional leadership, promotes standards of care for children with GI, liver and nutritional diseases, and supports research, training and education for members in order to help facilitate its delivery.
Contact: Sue Protheroe email@example.com
About: CPSIG was established as a forum for paediatricians working in the field of child maltreatment. The group works closely with the RCPCH Child Protection Standing Committee and organises regular regional and national study day event and develops training resources. CPSIG is open to all professionals working with children in need and in child protection.
Contact: Shade Alu (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The CCLG is the national association of healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and care of children and younger teenagers with cancer.
Contact: Ashley Gamble (Convenor) email@example.com
Contact: Michael Parker (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The GSF is a group of paediatricians dedicated to improving care and increasing awareness of ADHD in children and adolescents. It also aims to share information in relation to current issues in providing services to individuals and their families, and to bring nationwide issues to the notice of NHS commissioners.
Contact: Neel Kamal (Convenor) email@example.com
About: The ICHG is a Specialty Group of the RCPCH, with membership open to everyone with a professional interest in advancing child health internationally. Today it boasts an international membership and continues to work in promoting all aspects of international child health, from research to advocacy.
Contact: Daniel Magnus (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Anna Gregorowski (Convenor) email@example.com
About: The Paediatric Educator's Special Interest Group (PEdSIG) is a group of UK Healthcare Professionals with an interest and expertise in education. Follow us on Twitter @pedsig
Convenor: Caroline Fertleman firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The Paediatric Haematology Subcommittee represents and promotes the interests of paediatric haematologists.
The Paediatric Haematology Forum (PFH) embraces all areas of paediatric haematology and has representatives from all appropriate professional bodies.
About: The PICS is a multidisciplinary forum for those involved and interested in paediatric intensive care, aiming to promote training and education, provide a forum for discussion, provide specialist advice, collect information through the council of the society and to provide a focus for paediatric intensive care in the UK.
Contact: Peter Wilson (Hon Secretary) email@example.com
About: The British Paediatric Mental Health Group is a group of professionals interested in developing and promoting the role of paediatricians in mental health.
Contact: Max Davie (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
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About: PECSIG aims to enhance the training and working practices of all paediatricians working with children with heart conditions and thus improve the care for children with any cardiological condition and their families.
Contact: Anjum Gandhi email@example.com
Contact: Deborah Lee (Convenor) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: YPHSIG aims to raise the profile of young people's health and promote the development of high quality health services for young people in the UK.
Membership: Over 100
Contact: Janet McDonagh (Convenor) email@example.com
About: BAPS aims to set the standards of care of paediatric surgical practice in the UK and Ireland.
About: VIP-SIG aims to link together UK paediatricians with an interest in, or responsibility for, managing children with developmental problems arising from visual impairment. The aim is to share expertise, identify and respond to training needs, and to make appropriate links with other professionals in the field. VIP-SIG holds meetings once or twice a year, with videoconferencing facilities avialable.
Membership: 56 members (2015)
Contact:Jenefer Sargent (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
About: A multidisciplinary group interested in research in medicines for paediatric patients. The aim is to improve the rational use of medicines and reduce drug toxicity and medication errors.
Contact:Imti Choonara (Convenor) email@example.com
About: Aims to stimulate and advance the development of individuals and groups on the emergence and development of all factors related to the management and well-being of infants and children.