Retired members and life membership
We welcome continued involvement from members after retirement. Once retired, you‘re eligible for life membership of RCGP
As well as demonstrating continued support for the College's important work, keeping up your involvement with RCGP after retirement is a great way of staying in touch with colleagues. Retired members now receive a quarterly e-bulletin to keep up to date with the College so longstanding members can get involved in social activities, mentoring, International development and much more.
"What happens to my membership with the College if I cease to be a registered medical practitioner with the GMC following retirement?"
Following revision of the College’s constitution in 2000, the ordinances were amended so fully retired members of the RCGP, who cease to be a registered medical practitioner with the GMC, are entitled to continue their membership of the College. Therefore, as a retired member, cessation of your GMC registration does not affect your continuing membership of the RCGP.
The actual wording of the relevant paragraph within the ordinances, under the section ‘Termination or suspension of membership or associateship’ states:
"8 (2). A person who has voluntarily ceased to be a registered medical practitioner on the basis that he or she has retired permanently from medical practice, or is taking a temporary career break, and who was at the date of his or her ceasing to be so registered a member of the College in good standing, shall be entitled to continue his or her membership of the College."
Associates, Members or Fellows who on 1 April of any subscription year have achieved 40 years of consecutive or continuous membership, are offered Life membership of the College (in writing) at no extra cost with no further subscription fees are payable.
Associates, Members or Fellows, who have permanently retired from medical practice can apply for Life membership upon payment of a lump sum equal to three times the full annual subscription fee, applicable for the current subscription year under Bye-Law 3. Life membership payments are tax deductable, provided payment is made during the retirement year while still in employment. No further fees will be payable thereafter. If you wish to take up Life membership, please contact the Membership Services team.
Life membership payments are tax deductable provided the payment is made while you are still in employment during your retirement year. Please contact us in order to apply for Life membership.
Membership Services Department, RCGP,
30 Euston Square
Tel: 020 3188 7766
Fax: 020 7581 3648