Membership subscriptions and how to pay

Here you will find information about your membership subscriptions and how to pay by direct debit, credit or debit card, cheque or banker's draft. Also, how to apply for a concessionary rate, and how UK residents can claim tax relief.

About your subscription

Membership subscriptions are governed by the bye-laws and set by Council.

Your subscription depends on your membership level and, for some categories, where you live. Concessions may be available for some members, for example, due to financial hardship, maternity leave or working less than full time.

Fellows, Ordinary Members and Associate Members who are resident in the UK pay two annual levies, as part of their subscription, that help cover our work in global child health. See more below.

Your subscription does not cover:

  • registration for training, including access to RCPCH ePortfolio - this has a separate fee, as indicated on the relevant membership category page, and you can add training at the same time as you apply for membership
  • examinations, including MRCPCH (membership exam) and Diploma of Child Health
  • RCPCHStart - the assessment for level 3 paediatric trainees.

When to pay

When you first apply for membership or change your membership type, you can pay your subscription for the remainder of the current calendar year.

You can renew your membership each year, and we will send you a reminder letter in January.

How to pay

You can manage your payments in your online account. Simply log in, and from your account go to the Membership panel.

Direct Debit (UK bank accounts only)

If you have access to a UK bank account, we encourage you to pay by Direct Debit - annually or monthly.

  • To change how often your payments are made, go to the Membership panel and select Change Direct Debit frequency.
  • To set up a new Direct Debit, complete and return a Direct Debit form - download below.

Credit or debit card

  • Select Make a new payment, then Pay by credit or debit card
    • If you are using Internet Explorer version 8 or below, you will be unable to use our online payment system. If possible, upgrade your web browser. Or, complete and return our paper form.
    • If your card payment is declined, please contact your card issuer to find out why. This may be due to a number of reasons, including where cards issued outside the UK are for domestic use only.
  • If you cannot make an online payment, you can complete and return a card payment form - download below

Cheque or banker's draft

  • Select Make a new payment.
  • Make your cheque or banker's draft payable to 'Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health'. Write your RCPCH membership number on the back so we can identify your payment.
  • Send to RCPCH Member Services, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH.

Apply for a concessionary rate

Some members may be eligible for a concessionary rate on their subscription and, where relevant, training fee.

Find out more and apply for a concession

Refund and discounts

As of January 2017, RCPCH Executive Committee agreed not to backdate discounts.

This means members are responsible to inform for informing us in advance of any change of circumstances in order to get a discount for the full period.

Change of circumstances include the following (please note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • working less than full time (only available for Associates, Ordinary Members and Fellows resident in the UK)
  • maternity or paternity leave
  • sick leave
  • retirement
  • moving overseas (only available for Associates, Ordinary Members and Fellows)
  • volunteering
  • unemployment
  • career break
  • leaving paediatrics
  • joining another UK medical college (only available for Associates, Ordinary Members and Fellows resident in the UK)
  • co-habiting with another Member who already receives Archives (only available for Ordinary Members and Fellows).

Claim tax relief (UK residents)

If you are resident in the UK, your subscription is fully allowable as a deduction from taxable income. This means you can claim back at least 22% of your subscription.

If you are registered for training, you may also claim tax relief on your training fees as of 10 May 2013.

If you need a receipt for your subscription and/or training fees, please contact the Member Services Team on membership@rcpch.ac.uk.

Guidance on how to claim tax relief on GOV.UK

You may also be able to claim tax relief on RCPCH examinations.

Annual levies

Our overseas levy (OL) supports internationally-orientated activities. It aligns with the College's objective to improve child health through advocacy, policy, technical or hands-on support in global regions, particularly those with high rates of child mortality and morbidity.

OL is used to support RCPCH activities in countries defined as low-income - that is, the poorest 35-40 countries in the world. Since the mid 2000s, RCPCH has progressively refined its use of the oversees levy (OL), which now comprises 4% of the total membership cost. For every £1 of OL we receive from membership, we generate £20-30 of grant funded programme value.

In recent years, our global child health programmes have supported paediatric training for hospital based clinicians in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, as well as organisations working with disabled children in Gaza and the Palestinian West Bank. Currently, we are managing large programmes in Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Myanmar.

Alongside the OL, we have a visiting fellowship scheme. On a competitive basis, paediatric clinicians from around the world are supported to locate within partnering UK hospitals to observe and learn.

More about global child health programmes