Retired paediatricians

Information on preparing for retirement, guidance on pension and financial planning and GMC registration and RCPCH membership on retirement.

Preparing for retirement

Paediatricians may prepare for retirement in different ways, by moving from full time to less than full time working, by reducing and ultimately ceasing on call duties, by moving fully into a non clinical role. You may also be able to negotiate this prior to retirement, but if you are on a final salary pension scheme, you should check the financial implications of this decision.

Other issues to consider that may impact during any changes towards retirement:

  • Loss of PA/secretarial support
  • Hot desking
  • Backlog of correspondence from previous case load
  • Reduced time to handover/finish projects started in full time role

On call

The age at which paediatricians cease to be on call will vary, depending on an individual’s personal view, health issues and other work commitments. On-call duties are often onerous and intense. RCPCH would recommend that consultants do not continue to provide on-call cover outside working hours beyond 55 years of age and that there should be a review of on-call responsibilities for paediatricians over this age. Other acute specialties such as anaesthetics also share this view. Their recommended age for review is 55 years.

Further information is in the Paediatrician's Handbook (log in required).

Pension and financial planning guidance

If your employer does not provide it, you are advised to seek guidance on your pension procedures in relation to your retirement. Guidance is available from the BMA.

The BMA also runs runs regular financial planning for retirement seminars.

GMC registration and licence to practice

Paediatricians who are retired and no longer treating patients should notify the GMC of their change in circumstance and indicate if they wish to retain GMC registration alone, registration with a licence to practice or relinquish registration altogether.

Relinquishing your licence is straightforward and entitles you to a reduced fee however it affects your practising privileges.

You should consider whether GMC registration alone or GMC registration with a licence is required for any roles you are undertaking after retirement, before making any change.

RCPCH guidance on licence to practice expectations for a range of roles is available in the revalidation section.

RCPCH appraisal and revalidation financial support for senior members and fellows undertaking specific College roles e.g. examining, international work that require a licence to practice is also available via the Revalidation team.

RCPCH membership

Retired members wishing to retain RCPCH membership once fully retired should speak to the membership department about moving to the senior fellow or senior member category. These categories continue to provide many of the existing membership benefits but at a reduced rate. However, this is only appropriate to those who are fully retired.

Those continuing to work as e.g. locum consultants or in other paid roles will need to remain as e.g. Ordinary members or Fellows. They may wish to speak to membership about receiving a reduced membership rate based on the number of hours worked in a year.

Roles while retired

Retired paediatricians continue to provide an extremely valuable resource to the profession after they retire. For those who want to remain involved in some way in paediatrics, the following provides some suggestions for how to do this:

Paediatricians undertaking roles in retirement should always check whether the role requires them to continue to hold GMC registration with/without a license to practice and therefore engage with appraisal and revalidation. RCPCH and GMC have produced guidance on this.

RCPCH network of retired members

The RCPCH senior fellows and members group has a dedicated representative, events and web section.