The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) was founded in 1922 and has evolved into a complex organisation that plays a pivotal role in the delivery of cardiovascular health across the UK. There are currently over 2,140 members of the BCS. The membership is growing steadily and includes the great majority, probably 90%, of UK consultant cardiologists. Many Specialist registrars, GPs with a special interest and other professionals with an interest in cardiovascular medicine are also members.
BCS aims to support and represent all those working in the fields of cardiovascular care and research. To help achieve this aim, BCS is affiliated with 17 unique organisations that work in specific areas of cardiovascular medicine, health and patient care. Members of the affiliated groups, who are not also ordinary members of the BCS, are associate members of the BCS and there are currently approximately 8,000 health care professionals in this category, (including clinical and basic scientists, general practitioners, junior doctors, nurses, physiologists and all subspecialties of cardiovascular medicine).