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 has two conferences a year held in conjunction with ALS. 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 Jane Hendricks

Jane Hendricks Jane P Bradley Hendricks RGN, BSc (Hons), MSC, Independent Nurse Prescriber.

Jane is a Laparoscopic Nurse Practitioner with a specialist interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Colchester General Hospital Essex. She was one of the first participants on the ENB N77 (nurse as first assistant to the surgeon) in Greenwich in 1998.

Help us to help each other

ALTS will only be successful if practitioners support the association annual membership is only £20 a year and this allows you to have reduced rates to attend the ALSGBI day at ASGBI and the autumn meeting 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.