Working for the College - staff benefits and working culture

We provide a supportive and progressive working environment, with a wide range of benefits. Find out more about joining our friendly staff team.

A message from Jo Revill, RCPCH Chief Executive Officer​

The RCPCH trains doctors who work with infants, children, young people and their families, and provides wider educational opportunities to child health professionals across the world. Its primary aim is to improve the care and health outcomes for children wherever they are being cared for: hospital or home, UK or across the world.

It is the ‘go to’ organisation for expert advice on child health, informing and driving national policy in all four countries of the UK.

We are ambitious and the College Plan 2018–2021 clearly sets out how we will achieve our aim. Staff have a pivotal part to play in this exciting transformation process and I am passionate about encouraging creativity and innovation across the whole of our staff, for it is these very skills that will help the College realise its aspirations.

We are listed in the Top 100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies 2016 to work for, an achievement of which we are very proud. We continue to believe and invest in our staff through our comprehensive range of learning and development activities to ensure we have the best people, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.

We have developed a further range of initiatives to develop staff to progress in role and beyond, which includes a comprehensive talent management programme, coaching and mentoring, accredited project management training, research skills, shadowing and secondments.

We also offer a range of excellent staff benefits including a competitive pension scheme, interest free loans up to the maximum value of £7,000, eye care vouchers, flexible working, employee assistance programmes, health assessments, generous annual leave including an additional day for birthdays that fall on a working day, additional privilege days for Christmas closure, employee discount scheme and a Cycle to Work scheme.
I hope you will be encouraged by what you read and hear about the College, and if we are your employer of choice we would be delighted to hear from you.

Staff benefits

Annual leave

All staff start with 27 days leave per annum (per full time equivalent). For each two years of service completed a further day is awarded up to a maximum of 29 days per annum.

In addition, staff are entitled to three extra days during the College’s Christmas closure, along with the normal bank holidays.

Pensions

The College offers a competitive pension plan with the total contribution payable by the College being equal to twice your own gross contributions, up to a maximum of 10%.

Interest-free travel loan 

On completion of the six-month probationary period, you may apply to the College for an interest-free loan to purchase an annual season ticket for the underground, rail or bus travel subject to HRMC guidelines. The sum will be deducted from your salary on a monthly basis.

Childcare vouchers 

On completion of the six month probationary period you may apply for the College’s childcare voucher scheme to help support the payment of childcare for children up to the age of 15, or 16 for children with a disability. This is a salary sacrifice scheme deducted from your salary on a monthly basis.

Occupational health

The College provides a comprehensive occupational health service for all staff, including flu vaccines.

Employee discount scheme

Asperity Gateway Rewards offers all staff discounts on major retail outlets such as Sainsbury’s and Curry’s, as well as special deals each month.

Eyecare vouchers

Vouchers support the costs of regular eye examinations.

Leadership and development

The College offers a comprehensive learning and development programme for all staff, regardless of employment status. It has also introduced a leadership development programme for existing and aspiring managers.

College structure

  • Chief Executive's Office - HR & Organisational Development, Media & External Affairs and Children & Young People's Engagement team.
  • Education & Training Division covers examinations, training and assessment support, education provision and quality and standards.
  • Research & Policy Division includes clinical standards and quality improvement, workforce planning and children and young people's participation; it also houses the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
  • Corporate Services Division includes finance, facilities, information systems and governance.
  • Business Development Division covers international work, events, member services and print / digital communications. 

See all teams

The Senior Management Team includes the Chief Executive, Divisional Directors and Head of HR & Organisational Development. 

The Executive Committee is the College's main decision-making body. It comprises Chief Executive and the Directors, as well as the President, four Vice Presidents, Registrar and Treasurer.

The Council is the College's governing body. It is made up of the President and Honorary Officers, elected representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and elected representatives for trainees and associate members.

The Board of Trustees has overall scrutiny and oversight of the College’s activities, with a particular focus on assurance around risk, financial issues, and ensuring fulfilment of its charitable objects.

Staff groups

Disability Forum

Brings together RCPCH stakeholders who have personal experience or interest in disabilities.

We extend to all disabilities including physical, learning, sensory, mental illness and other conditions that have a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on the ability to do daily activities.

We aim to:

  • create a safe space for colleagues to raise comments, compliments and concerns regarding disability themes
  • increase awareness and understanding of disabilities across the College
  • act as a critical friend to the College, appropriately and professionally challenging on areas relating to disability.

LGBT+ & Allies Group

Supports LGBT colleagues and the RCPCH diversity agenda. Membership of the group is open to anyone (whether LGBT+ or an ally) who is interested in supporting equality and diversity within the College.

We use the term LGBT+ to include all sexual orientations and gender identity groups who identify with the LGBT+ community (eg queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual).

We aim to:

  • progress the work with Stonewall - RCPCH is a Stonewall Diversity Champion
  • develop further by supporting an inclusive environment for all LGBT+ colleagues
  • prevent discrimination
  • promote the College as an inclusive and supportive workplace for LGBT+ staff.

Reasonable adjustment policy and diversity inclusion

We are committed to providing a supportive and fair working environment to all staff whatever their background or circumstances. 

Our policies, which you can download below, provide framework to help managers support staff during their time with us. 

Our Transitioning at Work policy provides guidance to support those who are, or are considering, transitioning their gender in the workplace.

You can also find our Reasonable Adjustment Policy and Ability Passport to support staff with disabilities and parameters to help staff participate fully while working for the College.