Medical Practices

Dedicated Legal Advisers

Your named adviser will get to know your practice 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

Our easy-to-use Health & Safety and HR Software is real-time, auditable and reportable, allowing you to manage your workforce and safety responsibilities seamlessly in one place, both as an individual practice and across a Primary Care Network.

The introduction of Primary Care Networks is a critical time for general practice.

Along with operational changes around how services are delivered, there are a number of employment law, HR and health and safety implications to contend with.

Ellis Whittam’s sector specialists understand the pressures on practice managers and GPs and are on hand to provide professional support through early-stage delivery and beyond. We will work with you to improve efficiency and enhance the quality and effectiveness of your workforce so that you can focus on creating collaborative networks that work for your practice teams and patient community.

Employment Law & HR Support

At a time when general practice is facing significant staffing pressures, practices need to be skilled in how they manage their workforce and respond to operational changes. Acting as an extension of your team that you can call upon at any time, our qualified HR and Employment Law Advisers will give you the confidence to manage change effectively and overcome challenges within your workforce. We offer tailored advice and assistance in a number of areas, including:

  • Recruitment and retention;
  • Contractual issues;
  • Changes to working hours;
  • Complaints;
  • Grievance;
  • Disciplinary;
  • Performance;
  • Appraisal;
  • TUPE; and
  • Employment Tribunals.

To facilitate the transition from individual practice units to working at scale, your small team of dedicated advisers will work with you to overcome difficult HR challenges quickly and help you to deal with contractual changes in line with NHS policy and regulation. With access to professional advice at the end of the phone 24/7, you can improve retention, build strong and collaborative teams and focus on providing high-quality care.

Health & Safety Support

The safety of employees, visitors and patients should be a key priority for any medical practice and is one of the key areas of the CQC inspection regime. Your dedicated Health & Safety Consultant will work with you to develop a robust system for identifying and managing risk, as well as give you the tools you need to demonstrate compliance. Whatever your size and set-up, our tailored solution will effectively address common safety risks, including:

  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Manual handling;
  • Lone working;
  • Storing and handling hazardous substances;
  • Fire;
  • Electrical equipment;
  • Medical devices
  • Violence; and
  • Display Screen Equipment.

Entering into collaborative networks will intensify the burden of responsibility on employers, who will have to ensure the wellbeing of a larger volume of patients as well as consider the health and safety implications of a shared workforce. With support from an experienced consultant, you can minimise risk, save valuable management time and be confident that you are complying with the legal requirements.

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