Thinking about retirement

For many, retirement is a celebration of life’s work, and an opportunity for a new chapter. Senior members of the College share their experiences and advice - from managing your workload before retirement to developing a sense of fulfilment afterwards.
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We have produced a number of resources, from practical advice to key steps to be undertaken, to support you in your retirement process.

Andrew Long
Dr Andrew Long is the RCPCH Representative for Senior Members, Senior Fellows and Honorary Fellows.
Retire and return
"It is much easier if you can have straightforward agreement...from your Trust and your colleagues." Dr Helen Roper shares how she navigated a process to continue working in the NHS.
Sanjay Suri
"My plans for a fulfilling retirement are to remain connected with friends and family, and nurture interests and passions." Dr Sanjay Suri recognises that retirement is often romanticised, but that a sense of purpose helps.
Dr Mandy Goldstein
"As medics we are also teachers, managers, financiers, mentors, disciplinarians." Using her own experience, Dr Mandy Goldstein shares thoughts on how you can best plan ahead for retirement.
John Warner
Rather than a sudden separation, Dr John Warner has eased into retirement with a number of activities that have helped him build an alternative and rewarding active life.
Dr Robert Scott Jupp
"Finding things to do which are both enjoyable and stimulating was, for me, the most important means of adjusting to a new way of life." Dr Robert Scott Jupp takes us through his retirement journey.
Robert and Vivienne
Near the beginining of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Robert Scott Jupp and Dr Vivienne van Someren, both recently retired paediatricians, responded to the call for volunteers on NHS 111 phone services.
Mary McGraw
It's never too late to start on the retirement journey. And for the spring 2022 edition of Milestones, our member magazine, Dr Mary McGraw explans how she began hers with the birth of her children soon after her appointment as a consultant...
Dr Kevin Windebank
Dr Kevin Windebank, who was our Representative for Senior Members until autumn 2022, recalls how he’s enjoyed contributing to child health through his varied College roles.