Team & Clinical Leads

Denise Friend

Quality Improvement Manager: Adult Mental Health

Denise joined the team in June 2019 and is supporting the delivery of the Mental Health Network priorities. Denise’s main focus is leading on the development of a network for Psychological Therapies (PT) in Serious Mental Illness (SMI) for Yorkshire and the Humber, which will develop and deliver a work programme to improve the quality and outcomes for patients with a serious mental illness. Denise joined the Strategic Clinical Network in April 2013 and has since been involved in a variety of different quality improvement projects within cancer and more recently, adult mental health. Denise’s work experience includes various programme and project management roles within the NHS, service improvement for North Trent Cancer Network, patient and public involvement in a Strategic Health Authority and Human Resources. Denise is based in the Oak House office in Rotherham.


Natalie Fox

Quality Improvement Lead: Adult Mental Health

Natalie Joined the team in January 2021 and is supporting the delivery of the Mental Health Network priorities. Natalie’s main focus is leading on the scoping of Eating Disorder services throughout Yorkshire and Humber with a view to developing a network for Adult services. Natalie previously worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as a Project Manager, leading on service improvement in the Geriatric and Stroke department and more recently worked in Informatics leading the implementation of Windows 10 throughout the Trust. Natalie has worked in various roles in Sheffield NHS commissioning and provider services, with a strong focus on business change and supporting services to implement change. Natalie is based in the Oak House office in Rotherham.


Carole Tarff

Administration and Support Officer


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 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 Yorkshire and the Humber IAPT Provider Network, which has representation from all services within the region. He also co-chairs the IAPT Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Network. 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

Quality Improvement Manager



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