Kevin Patrick Corbett trained as visual artist 1975-1979 at the University of Reading (BA Hons) and 1979-1981 at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (Higher Diploma): https://www.kevinpcorbett.com/. In 1986 Kevin qualified as a Registered Nurse and in 1987 began working on the UK’s first HIV-AIDS ward at The Middlesex Hospital in London opened by Princess Diana. Subsequently Kevin worked in a variety of NHS roles in HIV-AIDS and acute medical-surgical services 1983-1994, as staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical nurse specialist and lecturer.
Kevin undertook experimental nursing research in respiratory care at King’s College London 1987-1989 for which he was awarded an MSc and later undertook social science research at London South Bank University1995-2001 into people’s experiences of ‘HIV tests’ - the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), the Western blot and the Polymerase Chain Reaction - for which he was awarded a PhD (2001).
In this episode Kevin recalls his experiences during HIV and the last few years. How death protocols were used to end life of people who had listed symptoms yet had every opportunity to live. This goes for other illnesses and he discusses how technology and protocols make death into a system rather than a personal, spiritual and family experience.
The Perth Group
Wolf Wolfensberger - Death Making
When Aids Began - San Fransisco and the making of an epidemic
Rethinking Palliative Care - Paul Sinclair
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