The ALTS is the Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff; it was formed alongside the ALSGBI in order to give theatre staff a chance to join in with and be part of the expanding world of laparoscopic surgery.

We always have a good turnout of ALTS delegates at the annual ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), thanks to sponsorship from our Industry partners and Consultants who bring their teams.

The ALTS Annual Meeting runs alongside the ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting with the opportunity for theatre staff to watch live operating from other centres, attend the main sessions, visit the Industry stands and also have a half-day geared towards them. All of this counts towards revalidation hours and offers the opportunity for reflective writing too.

The ALSGBI Council is very supportive of the ALTS group and are keen for it to grow. It is a great opportunity for networking and team-building too.

Annual membership of the ALTS costs only £33, this gives access to the ALSGBI members’ area of the website with up-to-date news and educational forums, a newsletter and free registration for the ASM.

I am keen to hear from anyone interested in joining and also to hear your ideas for future topics that may be of interest to you.

My contact details are:

Debbie.Gooch@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk  or tel: 01206 745066