Gerard Whitfield - Managing Partner
Gerard is the Managaing Partner who brings to the Practice a combination of both private and public sector experience. Prior to his appointment at Loddon, he worked for Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust, based at the Beccles Head Office. He was part of the medicines management team working with GP surgeries and pharmacies in Waveney, which, amongst other responsibilities, included creating and commissioning new services in General Practice. In terms of private sector experience, he worked for seven years after leaving university in the IT industry, specialising in contract management and business controls.
Originally from a country village in Cambridgeshire, he now lives with his wife, Helen who is a nurse specialist at Ipswich Hospital and son Samuel. He loves the countryside, and spends much of his free time renovating his old cottage that is home
Dawn Shepherdson - Assistant Practice Manager
Dawn joined the practice in 1980 as a medical receptionist and so has seen many changes. She gained her Diploma in Practice Management in 1990.
Dawn is responsible for overseeing QOF (the Quality and Outcomes Framework). QOF is a component of the General Medical Services contract for GP Surgeries , LES/DES (Local and Direct Enhanced Service) requirements, managing CQRS (Calculating Quality Reporting Service and overseeing the introduction of new services into the Practice . In addition Dawn shares the workload for the day to day running of the Practice, organises the clinical sessions, shares the people management and covers in Gerard's absence.
Dawn is married to Keith, they have two children Louise and Thomas. In her spare time Dawn is a swimming instructor for a local swimming club, enjoys sailing, cycling, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.