What is PECSIG ?

PECSIG stands for Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology, Specialist Interest Group. A society of Children's doctors (Paediatricians) who have developed expertise in heart disease. We are a UK Society governed and accountable to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Our goal is to better serve children and their families through education, collaboration and training.

Finding an Expert ?

If you are worried about your child then the first point of call should be your GP, NHS Direct or your local Emergency Department. All doctors are trained to consider heart disease and to examine the heart. If they are worried, then it is likely you will be referred to a Paediatrician. They will review and examine your child. If they agree with your GP they will often ask the local PECSIG expert to see you. All hospitals with a Children's ward should have a PECSIG expert so don't worry we wont be far away.


So what is a Paediatric Cardiologist ?

Paediatric Cardiologists are super-specialists in Children's heart disease. They are often not paediatricians but cardiologists. They work in just a few of the largest hospitals in the UK together with the Children's heart surgeons. If your child needs a heart operation your PECSIG specialist will refer you to them. We always work with the Paediatric Cardiologists. It's all a bit complicated really but put simply PECSIG members look after all sorts of children including children with heart disease. Paediatric Cardiologists only look after children with heart disease, but they look after the most complicated and sickest children with heart disease.

Our Aims

  •    To improve the care for children and their family where the child suffers with any cardiovascular illness.
  •    To encourage the development and implementation of managed clinical networks in paediatric cardiology.
  •    To enhance training & working of paediatricians who care for children with heart conditions and their families.
  •    To encourage greater collaboration with other disciplines, agencies and professions.

Our Partners

Everything gets better when we work together. We have a few key partners that we work closely with to ensure we keep getting better. We are very grateful to all of these partners for having such a forward looking, child and family centred approach to heart disease. It is this ethos that allows us to work so well together.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
British Congenital Cardiac Association
British Heart Foundation
Children's Heart Federation

The Official Constitution

If you would like to read the full constitution that gives the society it's governance and accountability please download it below. This constitution was approved by and is governed in accordance with The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Constitution Document

More History

You can read moe about the parent led initiatives that brought about our organisation. From the early wishes to improve outreach care through to the current committee, you can find out more here.

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