NHS England

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This article is about the oversight body. For the health service in England, see National Health Service (England).
NHS England
NHS England logo.png
non-departmental public body overview
Formed April 1, 2013 (15 months ago) (2013-04-01)
Jurisdiction England
non-departmental public body executives Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chairman
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive
Parent department Department of Health
Website www.england.nhs.uk

NHS England is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health.

NHS England oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS in England as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.[1] It holds the contracts for GPs and NHS dentists.

NHS England comprises around 6,500 staff in 50 sites around England. The bulk of its staff previously worked for the decommissioned Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities.


NHS England is the operating name of the NHS Commissioning Board and, before that, the NHS Commissioning Board Authority.[2] It was set up as a special health authority of the NHS in October 2011 as the forerunner to becoming an NDPB on 1 April 2013.[3] It was renamed NHS England on 26 Mar 2013.[4] Its legal name remains the NHS Commissioning Board.

Sir David Nicholson who became Chief Executive at the establishment of the Board retired at the end of March 2014 and was replaced by Simon Stevens


  1. ^ "About us". NHS Commissioning Board. Retrieved 12 Feb 2013. 
  2. ^ "About us". NHS England. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "About us". NHS Commissioning Board Authority. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "NHS England Chairman welcomes new name". NHS England. Retrieved 11 April 2012=3. 

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