Ellis Whittam specialises in providing Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support to pharmacies and is proud to be the exclusive partner of the National Pharmacy Association.

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.

Call us now on: 0345 226 8393

"We wholeheartedly recommend Ellis Whittam to NPA members. Through their thorough understanding of your pharmacy specific requirements they have developed solutions that offer a level of protection and service quality that we believe adds real value to your business."
Managing Director