About Us

About CBC Health

CBC Health is a not-for-profit provider of community and primary care in the North-East of England. All surplus is reinvested into local primary care services.


Established in 2006 as a member organisation CBC Health supports federated General Practice in Gateshead developing innovative solutions to support resilient General Practice.


Our organisational divisions are structured to include urgent and unscheduled primary care, clinical and non-clinical locum cover, medicines optimisation and pharmacy services, practice management and at-scale general practice.

Meet The Team

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Nicola Allen

Chief Executive

Nicola is a qualified RN, with over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, an MA in Leadership and Change and a Post Graduate Certificate in Change Management.  She has vast experience holding leadership and management roles across Acute, Community and Integrated providers, with a track record of delivering sustainable service transformation.  Nicola is a qualified District Nurse passionate about delivering high quality services to patients, with previous experience of leading and managing multi-professional palliative and end of life care, District Nursing Teams, a range of rehabilitations services including intermediate care and Community Hospitals.

Nicola’s previous role was as the Clinical Lead for Community Services was as part of Gateshead Care Partnership and she was been employed by CBC Health since Sept 2016.

Nicola took up the up the role of Chief Executive of CBC Health in December 2020, where she will continue lead on the delivery of high-quality services, across Gateshead and the wider North East footprint.


Dr. Steve Kirk


Dr Steve Kirk has been a GP in Whickham in Gateshead since 1995 and a Director of CBC since 2019.

Steve leads our GP Federation, supporting colleagues in Gateshead Primary Care Networks and Practices. Steve is also Vice-Chair of Gateshead Cares working with colleagues from across the health and social care system to improve care and promote integration.

Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)

CBC Health Ltd carries out Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) in line with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance, for any new or changes in current data processing activities that are considered to be a high risk to individuals.  High risk processing includes large scale processing of special category data, and this concerns data about your health.  Carrying out a DPIA is a requirement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018.  The process involves a risk assessment and the recording of mitigating controls in place to protect the data that is being processed.  DPIAs are kept under review and updated to reflect any changes that occur, to ensure any newly emerging risks are identified and controlled. 


A list of DPIAs can be obtained upon request.  Or, should you wish to see the details of an assessment please email your request to cbchealth.governance@nhs.net or use the electronic Contact Us  form.