| NHS England |
|Parent organization||Department of Health and Social Care|
|Oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS|
NHS England is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB) of the Department of Health and Social Care.
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 UK/2012 Health and Social Care Act. It holds the contracts for GPs and NHS dentists. The Secretary of State publishes, annually, a document known as the NHS mandate which specifies the objectives that the Board should seek to achieve. National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations are published each year to give legal force to the mandate.
NHS England employs around 6,500 staff in 50 sites around England. Most of its staff previously worked for the decommissioned NHS primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.
In 2018 it became clear that the organisation, while maintaining its statutory independence, was for practical to be merged with NHS Improvement, and seven “single integrated regional teams” would be jointly established.