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​

Jo Revill, CEO

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 were 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 25 days leave per annum (per full time equivalent). 

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


We offer 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.

Occupational health

We provide a comprehensive occupational health service for all staff, including flu vaccines.

Employee discount scheme

Surf and Perk 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 covers people services (for staff) and children & young people's engagement.
  • Education & Training Division covers examinations, training and assessment support, education provision and quality and standards.
  • Research & Quality Improvement Division covers quality improvement, workforce planning, research, clinical standards and invited reviews, plus the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
  • Corporate Services Division includes finance, facilities, information systems, information governance and corporate governance.
  • Membership & Development Division covers member services, business development, events, marketing and global child health work.
  • Policy & External Affairs Division covers health policy, media work, campaigns, digital and print content, and the devolved nations offices.

See all teams

The Senior Management Team includes the Chief Executive, Divisional Directors and Director of People.

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

Our staff groups include the BAME Network, Employee Forum, Mental Health First Aiders and Parent & Carer Network

We also have the Disability Forum, which 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. The Forum aims to create a safe space to raise comments on disability themes, to increase awareness and understanding of disabilities and to act as a 'critical friend' to the College.

And, the 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). The Group aims to prevent discrimination and to 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 Adjustments Policy and Ability Passport to support staff with disabilities and parameters to help staff participate fully while working for the College.

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