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Nursing Times unveils ‘star bakers’ of the nursing profession

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The winner of the first ever Nursing Times bake off was announced this week at our annual awards ceremony in London.

Theatre nurse Kirsty McVay, from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, was named as our “star baker” at the 2018 Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday night at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The baking competition, open to all of the nurses shortlisted for any of the categories in our main awards, was of course inspired by the popular TV programme that has gripped the nation.

Our winner received £250 worth of Love2shop vouchers for her winning design titled “Laparoscopic cholecystectomy” – also known as gallbladder removal.

Ms McVay, a scrub and anaesthetic nurse covering emergency and routine surgery in all specialties, was also shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing Times unveils ‘star bakers’ of the nursing profession

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

When not baking amazing cakes, she attends major trauma calls to accident and emergency to stabilise patients and provide life-saving care, and is heavily involved in the trust’s partnership with a medical centre in Tanzania.

She revealed on social media site Twitter that making the cake had required some research, as well as some emotional input.

“After two days of tears, laughter and lots of YouTube tutorials I have finally finished my “laparoscopic cholecystectomy” creation for the #NTAwards bake off competition,” she said. “Can’t wait to share it with my supporting colleagues.”

Meanwhile, our two runners received a bottle of champagne delivered to their table on the night of the awards.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nursing Times unveils ‘star bakers’ of the nursing profession

Dress to impress

In third place was Rebecca Barnett, a staff nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, for her cake “Dress to impress”, which was inspired by her nursing buckle and the frills on her mother’s sister cap.

Second place went to the “Continence cake”, created by the child continence team at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The team at Nursing Times whittled down the 40 entries to the top 11 below and then cast votes for the winner along with two highly commended.

Nursing Times marketing manager Holly Jaggers, who came up with the idea for the competition, said: “Thank you to everyone who entered for making such an amazing effort.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing Times unveils ‘star bakers’ of the nursing profession

Continence cake

“We’ve ooo’ed, aah’ed and winced our way through your entries,” said. “We have all been following your efforts on social media and have been overwhelmed by the baking prowess of our shortlisted candidates, and my goodness did we have some creative entries!”

Click on the links to visit the social media site Twitter and find out more about each of the entries that made the final list:

  1. The anatomy of a kidney
  2. Continence cake
  3. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  4. Necrotic toe
  5. A royal service
  6. Check your boo…bies
  7. Dress to impress
  8. The x-ray factor
  9. Breath of fresh air
  10. #boobsandballs
  11. Witchy wonder
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