Welcome from the ALTS Chair
ALTS (Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff) – 25 & 26 November 2010

Jane Bradley-Hendricks, ALTS Chair

As the current chair of the Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff (ALTS), I would like to take this opportunity to welcome members both new and old to Nottingham, I look forward to meeting you all!

ALTS was the brainchild of Sue Yelland of the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. The first chair of the ALTS, she formulated this idea when she attended the ALS (then AESGBI) Annual Scientific Meeting 2000 that was hosted in Colchester. The following year she brought the idea to fruition and the first meeting was launched. This has been a very successful addition to the ALS Annual Scientific Meeting; since then we have had up to 50 practitioners attending most meetings.

ALTS welcomes all its existing members and any potential new members to the ALS Annual Scientific Meeting. The ALS understands the importance of promoting a team approach to laparoscopic surgery and actively supports ALTS. The ALS also understands that taking study leave and finding funds to attend the meeting are difficult. Therefore the rates for ALTS are very competitive, and the Association aims only to cover its cost with this group of staff.

ATLS Conference 2010 by Catherine WeeksDelegates in past years have found the 2 days extremely worthwhile, informative and really excellent value for money. Don’t forget that it all counts towards the certification of your qualifications.

ALTS will run a parallel programme to address the needs of theatre personnel and ensure that they get the best out of their time spent at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the ALS. This year promises to be yet another successful meeting with something for everyone and some new topics that have not been covered in the past. We are very fortunate to have a number of top national and international names and not only will we be privileged to watch them operate but also hear them speak about their practices. It is always interesting to see how other surgeons tackle difficult problems; this enables us to bring about changes in our own practices.

Fiona Buttery and the team at Nottingham have put together a programme that should certainly meet the needs of all ALTS members; in fact we often have some of the surgeons also visiting our session! We have joined with the ALS for some of the keynote lectures so that we don’t miss anything.

This meeting also gives ALTS members a chance to network and learn from each other, as well as meeting with all the key partners in industry; nowhere else can you find such an excellent exhibition that is relevant to minimal access surgery.

Jane Bradley-Hendricks
ALTS Chair