The Association was formed in November 2001 with the following aims and objectives:
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.
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.
Debbie first started work as a scrub nurse in theatres in 1987 and over the years has held senior posts in theatres and the day unit at Colchester. She was instrumental in introducing pre-admission and also in implementing admission on the day of surgery in the hospital. Debbie is also actively involved in education; teaching Human Factors in patient safety, leading the SFA laparoscopic day at the Iceni centre in Colchester and part of the team delivering lap core skills, hernia study days and common bile duct exploration study days.
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.
The chairperson of ALTS has a place on Council and this allows the Association a voice and an opportunity to ensure ALTS members can have input into the conference management and content.
The meetings are an excellent opportunity to learn new techniques, acquire new knowledge and network with your peers. It also offers a fantastic opportunity for joint learning of the surgical team.