By: 22 December 2022
Perioperative charity AfPP appoint new president

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) are delighted to announce the appointment Madam President, Ruth Collins as the new President of AfPP from January 2023.

Ruth has been a member of the association since 2005 and has represented AfPP in a variety of capacities, ranging from being the Northern Ireland Regional Lead, sitting on our Governance Committee and on the AfPP Board in her role as a Board Member. 

Commenting on the commencement of her role as AfPP President, Ruth Collins said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to lead AfPP through 2023 and beyond. My priority as President will be ensuring that we represent our members and the Perioperative Profession at the highest level. As an Association, our focus has always been on safer surgery, for patients and practitioners alike, I look forward to continuing this over the coming years.”  

AfPP would like to thank current President John Dade for his years of service to the Association and for his dedication to the role. John will hold the role of Immediate Past President on the AfPP Board and will remain on the board throughout 2023.  

Commenting on the end of his tenure, John Dade, outgoing AfPP President, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President leading this great organisation, it is a privilege to be a practitioner representing perioperative practitioners. I look forward to continuing my involvement to support our incoming President Ruth Collins. Ruth has been involved with AfPP in various ways for several years and I know that she will be an excellent President.”  

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) was established as the National Association of Theatre Nurses (NATN), by Daisy Ayris in 1964. Today, AfPP is the UK’s leading membership organisation dedicated to theatre practitioners and improving perioperative care. Our aim is to help practitioners develop skills and keep their knowledge up to date. We are committed to improving patient care and safety through developing and promoting the leading standards for perioperative practice. 

AfPP works to encourage the exchange of professional information between members and co-operation with other professional bodies. These include the Departments of Health in the UK, the Perioperative Care Collaborative, the Medical Royal Colleges, Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) of all four member countries, Skills for Health and many of the British Safety Institution Committees and other groups set up to discuss specific issues related to perioperative care. 

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