Two Friday Bake-Offs! May 5 and May 12.

It's  International Day of the Midwife  next Friday May 5 and Nurses'  Day the following Friday on May 12 and as part of the celebrations we want to get our matrons mixing, our consultants creating and ICU staff icing.

We must have a good few Housekeeper Hollywoods and  Bed Manager Berrys around this Trust.

We're staging two big Bake-Offs at lunchtimes on both Fridays.  The theme will be "Celebrate!"  

There will be prizes for winners and everyone else will benefit as the cakes will be sliced up and distributed around our wards.

So get on it.  We're giving you a heads-up to start dreaming up your designs and we're expecting some belting bakes and no soggy bottoms. 

Timing is crucial. To be in with a chance they must be delivered to the stands in our main entrances by 12 noon  at CRH on Friday May 5 and by 11.30 at HRI on Friday May 12.

** On both days there will also be video booths in the main entrances where staff, patients and visitors can talk about how special nurses are. These will be appearing on social media sites throughout both days and through the intervening week.

***As part of our important well-being theme we are also introducing a "Couch to 5k" fitness scheme. The RCM is donating 30 pedometers for three teams of 10 to get fit and counting their steps.