Specialty Groups and Special Interest Groups

The College is affiliated with a number of paediatric Specialty Groups (SGs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The College and Groups meet regularly as the RCPCH Specialty Board.

Information and contacts for RCPCH Specialty Groups and Special Interest Groups are listed below grouped by SGs and SIGs.
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1. About Specialty Groups

Specialty Groups (SGs) recognised by the RCPCH are independent bodies representing paediatricians practicing in a specific specialty of paediatrics for whom a specific training pathway and lifelong education have been set up overseen by the RCPCH.

Each SG has a counterpart College Specialty Advisory Committee in the RCPCH. The majority of their membership will be paediatricians though doctors from other areas of medicine and other professionals allied to medicine may also be able to join.

Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM)

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 palliative medicine and other doctors, particularly GPs with a specialist interest, many of whom are working in children's hospices.

Membership: Over 115

Dr Anna-Karenia Anderson (Chair) Anna-Karenia.Anderson@rmh.nhs.uk

APPM website

Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM)

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: Dr Jane Bayreuther (Convenor) jane.bayreuther@uhs.nhs.uk

APEM website

British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD)

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.

Membership: 390

Contact: Dr Toni Wolff (Chair) bacd@rcpch.ac.uk

BACD website

British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN)

BAPN is a division of The Renal Association. The BAPN is open to all professionals working towards improving the care and lives of children with kidney diseases. We welcome everyone working or training in renal units, caring for patients with kidney disease, and/or working or training in renal research to improve patient care in the future. We also welcome clinicians in other fields who have an interest in nephrology to join us as members.

Membership: 130

Contact: Dr Nabil Melham, nabil.melhem@gstt.nhs.uk  

BAPN website

British Association of Community Child Health (BACCH)

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.

Membership: 1,200

Contact: Dr Lisa Kauffmann (Chair) bacch@rcpch.ac.uk

BACCH website

British Association of General Paediatrics (BAGP)

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) peter.heinz@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

BAGP website

British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM)

Established in 1976, BAPM improves standards of perinatal care by supporting all those involved to optimise their skills and knowledge, promote high quality, safe and innovative practice, encourage research, and speak out for the needs of babies and their families. Anyone that works in perinatal care is welcome to join as a member.

Membership: Approx 1,500

Contact: BAPM@rcpch.ac.uk

Follow us on Twitter @BAPM_Official

BAPM website

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group (BIMDG)

BIMDG aims to improve the provision of services for patients with inherited metabolic disorders.

Contact: Dr Elaine Murphy (Chair) - elaine.murphy8@nhs.net 

BIMDG website

British Paediatric Allergy, Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG)

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. 400


BPAIIG website

British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA)

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: info@bpna.org.uk

BPNA website

British Paediatric Respiratory Society (BPRS)

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: secretary@bprs.co.uk

BPRS website

British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR)

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: Jacqui Clinch (Chair) Jacqui.Clinch@uhbw.nhs.uk

BSPAR website

British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED)

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

BSPED website

British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN)

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 secretary@bspghan.org.uk

BSPGHAN website

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

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) ashley.gamble@cclg.org.uk

CCLG website

Clinical Pharmacology Special Interest Group

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) imti.choonara@nottingham.ac.uk

Paediatric Critical Care Society (PCCS)

The PCCS is a professional, multi-disciplinary, membership organisation representing the interests of those delivering paediatric critical care in the UK.

In 2020, the Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) changed its name to PCCS to reflect the changing nature of the speciality and in recognition of the clinical reality that many members work across the spectrum of paediatric critical care.

President: James Fraser, Bristol

Contact: PCCS contact form

PCCS website

2. About Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are also independent bodies. They represent diverse interests, including:

  • a clinical specialty too small to yet have its own independent paediatric training pathway
  • a paediatric clinical specialty of another branch of medicine - such as radiology or anaesthesia - training for which is the responsibility of another medical royal college.
  • wider aspects of the paediatric culture
  • non-clinical paediatric practice.

British and Irish Paediatric Pathology Association (BRIPPA)

Contact: Flora Jessop (Convenor) flora.jessop@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

BRIPPA website

British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA)

BAPA represents all paediatricians with an interest in children’s hearing, and in whatever setting this is delivered. BAPA also seeks to be at the forefront of professional development in the field of audiovestibular paediatrics. BAPA works closely with the RCPCH on workforce planning, specialist training - including the recent development of a SPIN (Special Interest) module in audiovestibular paediatrics - and development of competencies and standards for audiovestibular paediatrics.

Membership: Over 100

Contact: Dr Anne Marsden (Chair) bapa@rcpch.ac.uk

BAPA website

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

APAGBI exists to set and promote the highest standards in anaesthesia for children.

Contact: apagbiadministration@anaesthetists.org

APAGBI website

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS)

BAPS aims to set the standards of care of paediatric surgical practice in the UK and Ireland.

Contact: info@baps.org.uk

BAPS website

British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)

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.

Contact: bcca@bcs.com

BCCA website

British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group (BPABG)

Contact: Dr Poonam Dharmaraj (Secretary) poonam.dharmaraj@alderhey.nhs.uk

British Society for Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD)

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: Lindsay Shaw (President) lindsay.shaw@gosh.nhs.uk

BSPD website

Child Health Ethics and Law Special Interest Group (CHELSIG)

The CHELSIG is an interdisciplinary Group dedicated to supporting clinicians on issues of ethics and the law as they impact on practice across the care of children and young people. It does this by providing educational opportunities, encouraging research and presentation of this work and by feeding in to the RCPCH Ethics and Law Advisory Committee.

CHELSIG website

CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy

Building on the legacy of BAAF, CoramBAAF is the UK's leading membership organisation for all those agencies and individuals dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care. We support our members across the UK and worldwide through the provision of high quality information and advice, expert knowledge, cutting edge training and resources, and unrivalled access to professional networks.

Membership: Over 450

Contact: Florence Merredew (Convenor) Florence.Merredew@corambaff.org.uk

BAAF website

British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health (BACAPH)

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) ingrid.wolfe@gstt.nhs.uk

BACAPH website

British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health

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.

Contact: Nick Baldwin nick.baldwin@gosh.nhs.uk

Go to website

Child Protection Special Interest Group (CPSIG)

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.

Membership: 400

Contact: Shade Alu (Chair) cpsig@rcpch.ac.uk

CPSIG website

Clinical Genetics Society

Contact: Dr Ellie Hay (Convenor) ellie.hay@gosh.nhs.uk

CGS website

Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG)

The DSMIG promotes equitable provision of medical care for people with Down syndrome disseminating information about medical aspects of the syndrome and promoting interest in its specialist management.

Membership is open to all health professionals with an interest in the medical management of Down Syndrome. We work closely with affiliated organisations representing people with Down syndrome in the UK and internationally.

Membership: 150

Contact: Dr Shiela Puri (Chair) info@dsmig.org.uk

DSMIG website

George Still Forum (GSF) - National Paediatric ADHD Network Group

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) gsfcoordinator@hotmail.co.uk

GSF website

International Child Health Group (ICHG)

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) drdanmagnus@gmail.com

ICHG website

Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/MR Special Interest Group

Contact: Anna Gregorowski (Convenor) gregoa@gosh.nhs.uk

Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group

The Paediatric Educator's Special Interest Group (PEdSIG) is a group of UK Healthcare Professionals with an interest and expertise in education.

Convenor: Jonathan Darling j.c.darling@leeds.ac.uk

Contact: contactpedsig@gmail.com

PESIG website | Follow us on Twitter @pedsig

Paediatric Mental Health Association

PMHA is a group of professionals interested in developing and promoting the role of paediatricians in mental health.

Contact: Emma Blake (Convenor); emma.blake2@nhs.net

PMHA website

British Society for Haematology Paediatric Special Interest Group

The role of the BSH's Paediatric Special Interest Group is to provide education and training opportunities for haematologists who specialise in treating children with blood disorders.

Contact: Visit our website to learn more about the committee, join the paediatric forum or book your place at the annual Paediatric Symposium.

Paediatric SIG website

Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (PECSIG)

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 anjum.gandhi@heartofengland.nhs.uk

PECSIG website

Remote and Rural Paediatric Special Interest Group

Contact: Deborah Lee (Convenor) deb.lee@ncumbria-acute.nhs.uk

Visual Impairment Special Interest Group (VIP-SIG)

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 available.

Membership is open to any paediatrician with an interest in the area. VIP-SIG has links with both BACD and BACCH.

Membership: 56 members (2015)

Contact: Jenefer Sargent (Chair) jenefer.sargent@gosh.nhs.uk

Young People's Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG)

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: Hannah Baynes (Convenor) hannahbaynes1@nhs.net

YPHSIG website

UK Paediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Network (UK-PAS)

UK-PAS’s mission is to create a network of health professionals to exchange lessons learned from judicious antimicrobial use, to conduct local, regional and international projects destined to ensure safe and effective use of antimicrobials in neonates, children and young people and to help address the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Contact: Stefania Vergnano Stefania.Vergnano@uhbw.nhs.uk

UK-PAS website