Dr Nighat is a family GP specialising in women’s health and family planning. She is also medical educator and organ donation advocate.
Dr Nighat Arif is based in Buckinghamshire and is able to consult fluently with patients in Urdu and Punjabi which brings a great deal of trust from her community. Nighat is a medical educator and provides teaching to local trainee GPs as well as at National conferences. She works as an outreach clinician, meeting with doctors, nurses, community teams and residents to discuss the unmet health needs for Pakistani communities who are less likely to engage with health professionals.
Dr Nighat has three children of her own and is currently an independent local GP working privately and for the NHS. She has worked for the NHS for 10 years and privately for 3 years so has a wealth of experience.
In the past she has worked as lead clinician for residents at the Fremantle Dementia Residential home where she cared for 60 patients with acute medical problems putting together long-term care plans in addition to a daily surgery for thousands of patients from varied backgrounds. She has also worked for Oxford Mental Health NHS trust in general adult psychiatry and psychiatry of the elderly.
Dr Nighat writes regular medical blogs for patients on the DOCTORnow website allowing patients to refer to these blogs for advice on common conditions. She was nominated for the Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing for her exceptional commitment to advancing wellbeing in her community.
She has had several papers published and has won awards in the past. She has recently written and contributed to MegsMenopause, Stylist Magazine and Women’s Health Magazine with Jo Usmar – the latter is article on bladder weakness in women.
Dr Nighat is confident in front of an audience and has hosted women’s health workshops and keynote speeches. This natural ability to connect with an audience has not gone unnoticed and Dr Nighat will be seen in 2020 discussing the effects of chillies on our bodies for BBC’s Food Truth or Scare.
She has also recently made guest appearances on BBC Breakfast for a campaign called ‘Wake Up To The Menopause’. Dr Nighat is passionate about making the menopause a less taboo subject for all but particularly for women for whom English is not their first language.
She is a campaigner for Organ Donation in BAME communities and has appeared on BBC Breakfast to try to encourage more organ donation. She is also very confident on the radio and has a monthly “Radio Surgery” with Nick Coffer on BBC Three Counties Radio in addition to appearing on a whole range of programmes across BBC Three Counties Radio including Johnathan Vernon-Smith show, Andy Collins Breakfast show, Yasmeen Khan Show and Nana Akua Health and Wellbeing show.
Dr Nighat is a popular guest expert on several podcasts including ‘Surgical Spirit’ hosted by ‘The Third Eye Doctor’, ‘Diane Danzebrink’ and ‘Sikh Forgiveness’ talking about depression, menopause, anxiety and other medical issues that affect us all. She has also recorded a Podcast with Dr Louise Newson.
Dr Nighat is incredibly relaxed and confident on camera and is keen to build on a media career as an expert GP whilst remaining authentic to her values as a British Pakistani, Muslim woman and mother navigating and uniting the different cultures in a positive way. She has integrity, substance, humanity and style and approaches life with humour.