Position closes on 31st May 2022

We are seeking to appoint two Company Captains whose primary task is to work as a member of the Health & Wellbeing team delivering a comprehensive support service to the Chelsea Pensioners living on the Long Wards and to ensure that the Military Ethos of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is maintained. 

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a unique community with a military-based culture which puts a premium on comradeship.  Applicants will be expected to have served as Direct Entry or Late Entry officers in the British Army.    They must by nature be empathetic, have considerable experience at regimental duty and possess excellent leadership skills.

This is a community of ageing veterans, and you must be able to easily relate to members of an older generation.  You will be expected to undertake an active welfare role to support Pensioner’s and to play a role in the wider life of the community. You are expected to participate in the active social life of the hospital outside normal working hours.  

The post has a ceremonial component for which uniform is worn and to which you are expected to take an active leadership role.

The position will attract a salary in the region of £42K and will benefit from civil service pension arrangements. As the successful applicant will be expected to live in, accommodation is provided at the RHC commensurate to the requirements of the successful candidate, for which there will be a charge. You will be required to participate in the Duty Officer rota. 

We are recruting for two roles; one role is a permanent post while the other is for an 18 month fixed term contract. Please state your preferred role in your application.

About us.

The ethos of the Royal Hospital is one that puts a premium on selflessness and companionship.  Our values of nurturing belonging, respect individuals, encourage pride and enjoy life underpin that ethos. We are united in a shared purpose, living and working together and ensuring everyone has a place in our diverse social and military community.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of our community – the more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect the breadth of our community.

Our selection process.

The closing date for this role is 31st May 2022.  Should your application be successful you will be invited to a formal interview where you will be asked questions relating to your experiences and key requirements of the role. If you are successful after the interviews we will:

  • Ask for references from those you have listed on your application form
  • Check your right to live and work in the UK
  • Check any declarations you have made on your application form
  • Ask you to complete a medical form
  • Carry out an Enhanced DBS application.

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