Team & Clinical Advisors

Carole Tarff

Administration and Support Officer



Dementia Network

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.


Dr Sara Humphrey

CN GP Advisor for Dementia

Sara is a GP Partner in a super partnership of six practices and after 22 years in a large suburban practice in North Bradford serving around 11,000 patients ,she has recently 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. 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 & City CCGs and Airedale Wharfedale CCG-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.


Mental Health Network

Sarah Boul

Quality Improvement Manager: Adult Mental Health

Sarah works as part of a team supporting the delivery of the Mental Health Network priorities. Sarah is responsible for developing and delivering a programme of work designed to deliver quality improvements in outcomes and experience in mental health services. Sarah leads on the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies work (IAPT) programmes for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Previously Sarah was Quality Improvement Lead for Adult Mental Health and Quality Improvement Lead for the Renal Network, making contributions to the wider Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) work programme also. Prior to joining the Network Sarah gained experience in Business Management for the Strategic Clinical Networks; worked in Operations and Delivery in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and held various roles in provider services. Sarah is based in the Oak House office in Rotherham.


Charlotte Whale

Quality Improvement Manager: Adult Mental Health

Charlotte joined the team in October 2014 and will be supporting the implementation of the work plan for mental health. Prior to joining the Network Charlotte spent over 6 years working in smoking cessation services. She began working as a stop smoking advisor using behavioural change techniques to support patients to make positive lifestyle changes. Charlotte went on to become area Team Leader and eventually Service Lead managing a large county wide smoking cessation service. Charlotte is based at our Quarry House office in Leeds.


Stephen (Moggie) McGowan RMN, MSc

NHS England (North) Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Clinical Advisor

Stephen (Moggie) McGowan is the clinical lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) in the Yorkshire and Humber region with NHS England (North).  The post is a one day per week secondment from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where he works as a senior manager.   He has previously worked as an associate consultant for EIP with the Yorkshire and Humber regional development centre (NIMHE) between 2003 and 2011.   He co-authored the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health Early Intervention guide ‘A Window of Opportunity’ and is a member of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health EIP Expert Reference Group.  

In addition, he is national lead for the IRIS Early Intervention in Psychosis Network; a group of mental health experts who have supported the promotion of Early Intervention in Psychosis since the 1990s.  As a member of IRIS he has contributed chapters to a number of publications and supported the development of the WHO International Early Psychosis Declaration.  Most recently he has published guidance for Suicide Risk Management in Early Intervention with Paddy Power.  IRIS publishes a best practice toolkit for Early Intervention in Psychosis, the first edition of which was the basis of the Policy Implementation Guide for EIP, most recently updated in 2012.

Moggie is one of three clinical leads appointed within the NHS England (North) region to support the introduction of a new access and waiting time standard for first episode psychosis.  The standard has two elements:  Firstly, more than 50 per cent of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis must be treated within two weeks of referral and, secondly, treatment provided must meet the latest NICE based standard.  This represents a significant challenge for mental health services and EIP clinical leads will support providers and commissioners to plan and develop their services to meet the new standard.


Dr Stephen Wright

Clinical Network Co-Chair Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Provider Network

Steve is a consultant psychiatrist with the Early Intervention in Psychosis team based in York & Selby, and deputy medical director with Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He has a long-standing interest in youth mental health and for many years worked with the student medical practice in Leeds, covering the universities of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan). He has worked in Early Intervention in Psychosis since 2005, when the innovative aspire service was established in Leeds, and he moved to York in 2012 to work with the EIP team in York & Selby. He is co-chair of the Y&H EIP/IRIS Network and has been closely involved with developments in Early Intervention regionally and nationally, particularly relating to physical health and promoting informed choice. He continues to participate in teaching and research, supporting numerous small projects locally. He is currently principle investigator for the multicentre NIHR STEPWISE trial (structured lifestyle intervention) and the SCENE study (social connectedness).


Andy Wright

Clinical Network Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Advisor

Andy Wright is the Clinical Advisor for Improving Access to psychological Therapies (IAPT) for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network. He joined the network in January 2016. The post is a one day per week secondment from Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, where he works as a senior manager in IAPT.

Andy has worked in the field of mental health for the majority of his career and for a variety of organisations including the Home Office, Local Authority, Ministry of Defence and for the past seven years the NHS.

Since joining the Clinical Network Andy has been leading on an IAPT programme that has sought to enhance the relationships between providers and commissioners, with the aim of helping improve the overall performance of services within the region. Andy is the chair of the Y&H IAPT provider network, which has representation from all services within the region. He also co-chairs a similar, newly formed, network for IAPT Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Andy’s role within the Clinical Network has also been to further develop and strengthen ties with key stakeholders and other regional and national IAPT resources. He is looking forward to hosting and supporting a further series of IAPT training events in the coming year.


Heather Stonebank

Clinical Network Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Advisor

Heather joined the team in October 2016 as a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Advisor for Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks. Heather is an advocate for the PWP role and she is currently working as part of a team which has established a regional Senior PWP Network.

The current post is half a day a week secondment from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust where she works as the Lead PWP in Sheffield IAPT, she was successful in gaining employment in IAPT in 2008. Heather has 11 years NHS experience working in various roles and has previously worked as part of Sheffield's drug and alcohol team and on an acute Mental Health ward.

Heather has a keen interest in research to inform guidelines and clinical practice and she has been involved in several research studies which have reached publication.

Heather is passionate about developing the Senior PWP role, IAPT Services and delivering high quality patient care.


Dr Katherine Martin

Clinical Network Liaison Mental Health (LMH) Clinical Advisor

Katie is the Clinical Lead and Advisor for Liaison Mental Health for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network. She has worked in Liaison Mental health for the last 7 years, starting out in a busy, diverse acute trust in south London and initially as a Consultant in the well-established Leeds Liaison Psychiatry service. Katie is the Yorkshire Regional Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ faculty of Liaison Psychiatry. She is now enjoying the challenge of setting up a new all-age Liaison Service in York.



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