Posted on 20/07/2012
Dr Rupert Whitaker
BSc Psychology, 1984 Bedford College
Dr Rupert Whitaker is a psychiatrist, immunologist, and patient-advocate. He is one of Europe’s longest-surviving people with HIV, having contracted the disease in 1981. Following the death of his partner, Terrence Higgins, from AIDS in 1982, he co-founded the Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity set up to provide direct services for people with HIV and to advocate on their behalf. Dr Whitaker has worked in the fields of medicine and community advocacy for almost 30 years. He is founder and Chairman of the Tuke Institute, an international think-tank of international scientists, clinicians and other professionals that promotes standards in medicine and medical science. It defines medicine in terms of what ill people need in order to get well as opposed to what just physicians do, and promotes a biopsychosocial framework for treatment with integrated and nurse-led practice. Dr Whitaker was an Expert Adviser to the Department of Health in 2009-10.