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Date and time
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:30
Address
Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom

About the Event

Dr Tommy Dickinson, Deputy Head, Department of Mental Health Nursing, King’s College London

In response to the escalating AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s, special wards were created to care for people with HIV and AIDS. Nurses were responsible for providing much of this pioneering care, yet there is almost nothing written on the nursing work that was done caring for these people. In this paper, historian and nurse Dr Tommy Dickinson discusses some of the findings of an ongoing study that is investigating a hitherto neglected area of nursing history by looking in detail at United Kingdom (UK) nurses’ perspectives on providing care to people with HIV and AIDS.

The project begins in 1981 with the first reported AIDS case in the UK, and continues until 1996; when the evidence base for antiretroviral medication became explicit alongside shifting concepts of HIV as a terminal illness to a manageable chronic disease.  The paper draws on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, and aims to redress the lack of nurses’ voices in the UK’s AIDS history. And it offers a fresh understanding of the draw of HIV and AIDS nursing to queer nurses, which supplements Dickinson’s previous work regarding queer life within mental hospitals. The paper also explores an important area of nursing ethics and socialisation, by analysing how nurses made decisions about what was professionally right and wrong in the context of ambiguity, frustration and conflict in their immediate personal and professional lives and at a broader political level.

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society

Admission free but booking necessary for seating and refreshment purposes (tea, coffee and cake will be provided).

Please contact fhsc.histsoc@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 512095 to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus. Access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. Further details on parking and transport options are available on our How to Find Us page.

The University of Chester Riverside Museum will also be open from 1-4pm, free admission and no booking necessary

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Address

Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom