NHS England is the operating name of the NHS Commissioning Board and, before that, the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. 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. It was renamed NHS England on 26 Mar 2013. Its legal name remains the NHS Commissioning Board.
Sir David Nicholson who became Chief Executive at the establishment of the Board announced that he would retire at the end of March 2014 and he is to be replaced by Simon Stevens