Dr Nighat Arif

Dr Nighat Arif

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Synopsis

Dr Nighat is a GP specialising in women’s health and family planning. She is a medical educator and provides teaching to local trainee GPs as well as at national and international conferences. Nighat was nominated for the National Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing to acknowledge her commitment to advancing wellbeing in her community. She has worked to raise awareness on menopause and women’s healthcare in Black and Asian women, and presented her clinical work at the Menopause in the Workplace Parliamentary committee hearing. Nighat is the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast and has appeared on numerous podcasts tackling taboos around women’s health. 

Biography

Dr Nighat Arif is a family GP specialising in women’s health and family planning.  She 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 and International conferences.

Nighat has used her experience to write regular medical blogs, allowing patients to refer to these blogs for advice on common conditions. She was a Lead Clinician for a residential Dementia centre, and she has also worked for Oxford Mental Health NHS trust in general adult psychiatry and psychiatry of the elderly. For her Outreach work Nighat was nominated for the Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing for her exceptional commitment to advancing wellbeing in her community.

She has won awards and had several papers published. She has written and contributed to MegsMenopause, Stylist Magazine, OK, Red, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and Women in Medicine Magazine. 

Nighat has also made guest appearances on BBC Breakfast for a campaign called ‘Wake Up To The Menopause’. She is passionate about making the menopause a less taboo subject for all but particularly for women for whom English is not their first language. After an immense amount of positive feedback Nighat became the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, This Morning and BBC LookEast, updating viewers on the latest medical news. She was also a contributor on the Channel 4 documentary Davina McCall: Sex, Lies and the Menopause.  

Nighat is a campaigner for Organ Donation in BAME communities and has appeared on BBC Breakfast to try to encourage more organ donation. She hosts the Sunday Breakfast show on BBC3 Counties Radio, and regularly appears on Times Radio, TalkRadio, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and BBC Berkshire. 

In addition to her media work, Nighat is also an influencer via her hugely popular and verified TikTok account. She has amassed 100k followers on the platform and uploads informative, funny, and uplifting content daily.

Nighat is a popular guest expert on several podcasts including Her Spirit with Louise Minchin and Annie Emmerson, the HuffPost Podcast, Surgical Spirit, and on the Sikh Forgiveness podcast talking about depression, menopause, anxiety, and other medical issues.

Nighat is an ambassador of many charitable causes including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Her Spirit.  She is a member of Team Halo – an organisation that works in partnership with United Nations, and works closely with NOON - an online platform empowering woman around their mid-life, as their online health expert. 

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