Team & Clinical Leads


Penny Kirk

Quality Improvement Manager

Penny was appointed to her current role in October 2013 and is responsible for implementing the SCN Dementia work programme. Penny has had a varied NHS career including Community dietician, Public Health Information Analyst, Regional Trainer for PRIMIS (Primary Care Information Services) and Physical Health and Wellbeing and Health Outcomes Lead for a large Mental Health & Learning Disability Trust. Penny has over 7 years’ experience of working within clinical networks, including 3 years with the Cardiac Network in Hampshire.  In 2010 Penny joined the Yorkshire Cancer Network as End of Life Care Programme Manager. Penny is based at our Quarry House office in Leeds.



Colin Sloane

Quality Improvement Lead

Colin joined the dementia team full time in January 2017 and will be supporting the implementation of the CN work business plan for dementia.  Prior to this from April to Dec 2016 he worked across the mental health and dementia teams.  He began his career in service improvement with the Neurology Clinical Network from 2014 to 2016, during which time he studied on the Mary Seacole programme and gained a PGC in Healthcare Leadership.  Colin spent the first part of his working life (25 years) as a welder/fabricator until a diagnosis of bladder cancer made him have a complete change in direction. In 2003 he took on the role of community development worker at Bradford Cancer Support where he led the development of service user involvement in Bradford and Airedale and their Cancer User Partnership groups. He moved in 2008 to the Yorkshire Cancer Network as User Involvement Facilitator and went on to put in place strong foundations for user engagement at regional level and was instrumental in leading the user partnership in a variety of projects to help drive up standards and better care for cancer patients/carers and families. Colin is based at our Quarry House office in Leeds.


Carole Tarff

Administration and Support Officer


Dr Sara Humphrey

CN GP Advisor for Dementia

Sara is a GP Partner in a super partnership of seven practices covering 60,000 patients and after 22 years in a large suburban practice in North Bradford serving around 11,000 patients ,she has moved to head up a smaller predominantly south Asian patient practice in Keighley . The partnership has always been at the forefront of change initially in fundholding and then as part of a total fund and then in leadership roles of both PCTs and CCGs and is a training practice of both medical students, FY2s and GP Registrars and is involved in primary care research. Since 1996, Sara has worked as a GP with a Special Interest in Care of the Elderly, initially working for provider services of the PCT in intermediate care and now for Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust in several community rehabilitation units. She has recently moved to the ProActiveCareTeam ( PACT) in Bradford City to support frail people in their own homes.During COVID she has also been working on the Airedale Telemedicine Unit supporting Care Homes.This has allowed her to develop a close working relationship with several Care of the Elderly consultants and to develop a good working knowledge of Dementia Care pathways. Sara has also worked in commissioning roles in Elderly Medicine and Stroke since the inception of the Older People’s NSF in 2001 originally covering North Bradford PCT and now covering Bradford District & Craven CCGs as the Associate Clinical Director for Frailty,Dementia and LD-with a clinical leadership role in the commissioning of integrated care, Older People’s Mental Health and Stroke Services. Sara also sits on the Regional Primary Care Research Steering Group and holds an Honorary Visiting Research Senior Fellowship with the school of Dementia Studies at Bradford University.


Dr Rod Kersh

CN Secondary Care Clinical Advisor for Dementia

Dr Rod Kersh, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I run Mallard Ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, one of the few delirium units in the country, I am also Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Collaborative and Clinical Advisor for the Dementia Clinical Network for Yorkshire and the Humber. I live in Doncaster and with my partner, two children and one black and white dog. My special interests are dementia, delirium, person-centred care, older people, teal, mindfulness, team-working, patient safety and quality improvement. I have an MSc in Clinical Leadership from Birmingham University. I write a weekly blog which can be found at


Dr Tolulope Olusoga

CN Diagnosis and Treatment Services Clinical Advisor for Dementia

Dr Tolu Olusoga is an Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist working in the memory clinic and employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He has been based in Harrogate in this role since 2010 and covers the 44000 older population of Harrogate, Wetherby and Ripon. In addition to his professional qualifications, he has a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from the Institute of Neurology at the University of London as well as a Masters in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds.  He has a postgraduate certificate award in Innovation and Improvement from Teeside University.

He holds a number of clinical management roles within his local NHS Trust as Older Peoples Mental Health Clinical Director in North Yorkshire and Trustwide Senior Clinical Director. He has had training as a Certified Lead using the Trust’s Quality Improvement system which is based on the Virginia Mason Quality Improvement System. He has led and been involved in a number of Quality Improvement Initiatives and pathway development in Dementia care.  He is actively involved in recruiting to Dementia Research.

He has significant experience of collaborative working with Harrogate as well as North Leeds commissioners and other partner agencies to achieve significant health outcomes in a financially challenging environment.

Dr Olusoga is passionate about delivering high quality clinical care and is constantly seeking innovative ways to improve patient outcomes.


Chris North

CN Diagnosis and Treatment Services Clinical Advisor for Dementia

Chris is Dementia Lead for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust. In 20 years working as a mental health nurse for older people, his experience includes leading and developing Memory Assessment Services, Community Mental Health Teams, a Dementia Home Treatment Service and Acute Hospital Mental Health Liaison teams for older people with complex co-morbidities. Chris is also Clinical Safety Officer overseeing implementation of electronic clinical support and recording systems. He is currently involved on developing and implementing a Triple Screen Assessment tool to enhance the detection and management of delirium, dementia and depression in community hospitals and acute medical wards for older people.



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