About Us

About CBC Health Federation

CBC Health Federation 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 Federation 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 became Chief Executive in December 2020. 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, Nicola has held leadership and management roles across Acute, Community and Integrated providers, with a track record of delivering sustainable service transformation.  As a qualified District Nurse, Nicola is passionate about delivering high quality services to patients, and is experienced in 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.

Employed by CBC since 2016, Nicola’s previous role was as the Clinical Lead for Community Services, part of Gateshead Care Partnership. In the role of Chief Executive, Nicola will continue to 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.


Michael Smith

Non-Executive Director

Michael became a non-executive director of CBC in 2021.


As a Healthcare Director at Robson Laidler, Michael brings with him a wealth of experience advising in the healthcare sector. As an external third party Michael advises the voting members of the Board.

Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)

CBC Health Federation 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.