Paediatric Cardiology

About the specialty: 

Paediatric cardiology has traditionally included care of patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. Many of these patients require lifelong follow up, leading to a most rewarding, close and long term relationship with patients and their families. Higher medical training in paediatric cardiology has maintained its openness to trainees from either a paediatric or an adult medicine background, although a solid basis of both paediatrics and cardiology (adult or paediatric) is essential for entry into specialist training. Skill requirements for training in congenital cardiology have gradually become less rigid, but paediatric or medical experience up to the level of achievement of MRCPCH or MRCP(UK) remains essential. Perhaps the most important attribute of any budding paediatric cardiologist is highly developed communications skills.

Entry into Paediatric Cardiology training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes for Paediatric Cardiology training:


The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment. The 2021 curriculum has been approved by the GMC for implementation in August 2021.

The 2021 curriculum and supporting documents are given below:

Paediatric Cardiology 2021 Curriculum FINAL

Paediatric Cardiology 2021 ARCP Decision Aid

Paediatric Cardiology Mapping of 2021 CiPs to previous curriculum competencies

The 2010 curriculum is available below:

PDF icon 2010 Paediatric Cardiology (amendment 2012).pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. The ARCP decision aid has been updated in response to feedback from trainees and trainers and replace all previous versions from March 2016.

PDF icon 2010 Paediatric Cardiology ARCP Decision Aid (March 2016).pdf

Forms and guidance: 

2017 National Trainee Survey reports

The following reports are based on the results of the 2017 National Trainee Survey. For copies of older reports email

PDF icon 2017 NTS Paediatric Cardiology Generic Indicators.pdf

PDF icon 2017 NTS Paediatric Cardiology Specialty Specific Questions.pdf