The chief executive of NHS Mid Essex is to help turn around the financially challenged NHS Peterborough, it has been announced.

Sheila Bremner will take on the extra role of interim chief executive of NHS Peterborough in March. She is expected to carry out the dual role for around six months “while future permanent arrangements are developed”.

The previous incumbent, Angela Bailey, announced last week that she would step down after the latest report from the PCT’s finance director said the trust would end the financial year with a £6.4m overspend (news, page 11, 28 January).

Ms Bremner said: “It’s a tough challenge, but I look forward to working with the Peterborough team as well as continuing with the transformational plans that we have set out in mid Essex. I see this as an opportunity for both organisations to benefit from shared expertise and good practice.”

Ms Bailey said she would be supporting Ms Bremner during a handover period.

She said: “Sheila’s excellent leadership skills are well recognised in the East of England and her successful track record and expertise in turnaround will be invaluable, as we move the organisation forward.”