Pharmacy

Dedicated Legal Advisers

Your named adviser will get to know your business and can offer expert advice on a full range of employee relation issues – from the most simple to the most complex. They can also draft and review contracts, handbooks and policies.

Qualified Health & Safety Consultants

All our consultants have Grad IOSH membership or higher. They can conduct on-site general risk assessments, be your dedicated point of contact for all health and safety issues and act as your legally-required competent person.

Online HR and Health & Safety Portals

With access to EW’s HR Software, Health & Safety Software and Knowledge Hub, you can access expert-created documents, dynamically manage and monitor tasks, and demonstrate compliance all in one place. Simple!

Pharmacy is one of the most essential services to local communities – but recruiting and retaining staff remains a key sector challenge.

Ellis Whittam supports the continuous improvement of over 8,000 community pharmacies across the UK and is proud to be the trusted partner of the National Pharmacy Association. Importantly, we relieve some of the mounting pressures placed on pharmacies by helping employers to maintain and develop their team and create a safe environment for both patients and staff – all while saving valuable time and money.

Employment Law & HR Support

Our qualified HR and Employment Law advisers will act as an extension of your team that you can call upon at any time. That way, you can reduce time spent on employment matters and instead focus on undertaking important clinical work and bringing in new sources of revenue. We are on hand to guide you through any employment issue you come up against, including:

  • Recruitment and retention;
  • Grievance;
  • Misconduct and disciplinary;
  • Performance;
  • Sickness absence;
  • Pay and National Minimum Wage;
  • Apprentices and young workers’ rights;
  • Holiday entitlement;
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination;
  • Contractual issues; and
  • Employment Tribunals.

With fewer resources and significant staffing pressures, pharmacies need to be skilled in how they manage their team and respond to organisational change in order to meet demands. With access to professional, tailored support, you can overcome HR challenges quickly, build strong, collaborative and adaptable teams, and make smart and legal decisions that are in the best interest of your pharmacy.

Health & Safety Support

Our experienced Health & Safety Consultants understand the steps required to become fully compliant with the law and GPhC regulations, and will work with you to protect the wellbeing of your employees, patients, customers and any visitor to your pharmacy premises. We will help you to identify and implement workable solutions to the specific risks present in a pharmacy environment, including:

  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Manual handling;
  • Working at height;
  • Storing and handling hazardous substances;
  • Fire;
  • Asbestos;
  • Display screen equipment;
  • Stress;
  • Lone working;
  • Violence; and
  • Managing young workers.

We understand that the demand placed on community pharmacy means that pharmacists are often busy, exhausted and distracted, which invites mistakes and accidents to occur. Our support will ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to ensure your environment is compliant and improve safety and care for patients, without compromising your ability to carry out your day-to-day operations and serve your community.

"Ellis Whittam makes a significant contribution to ensuring that we achieve our corporate responsibilities."
Group HR Director - Cranswick

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