ALTS (The Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff)


Council of ALTS

The Association was formed in November 2001 with the following aims and objectives:

  • To promote networking and support systems between centres.
  • To disseminate knowledge of new techniques and innovations
  • To encourage multi-disciplinary working and learning
  • To develop an open forum that actively encourages participation from all grades of theatre staff involved in laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is undergoing rapid advancement, and techniques are becoming more complicated & challenging. Never has it been more important for the multi-disciplinary team to work together to achieve optimum patient care. We believe that to do so effectively, it is essential for the team to be educated together. To further this aim, ALTS shares its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) with the ALSGBI. The programme includes separate sessions for surgeons and for theatre staff, thus enabling members to choose talks appropriate to their area of interest and level of expertise.

Introduction to Debbie Gooch

Debbie Gooch Deborah Gooch RGN, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Debbie is a Laparoscopic Nurse Practitioner with a specialist interest in laparoscopic general surgery at Colchester General Hospital Essex and has been in this current post since 2006.

Help us to help each other

ALTS will only be successful if practitioners support the Association, annual membership is only £33 a year and this allows you to have reduced rates to attend the ALSGBI ASM in the autumn which is two days long. The rates are extremely reasonable for ALTS members and this is because Council is very keen and committed to attracting all members of the surgical team.