Dr Nighat 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.
Dr Nighat has three children of her own and is currently an GP in a rural NHS practice. She has worked for the NHS for 11 years as well as privately for 5 years so has a wealth of experience.
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 had several papers published and has won awards in the past. She has recently written and contributed to British Vogue Magazine, MegsMenopause, Stylist Magazine, OK, Red, Good Housekeeping Magazine and Women in Medicine Magazine.
This natural ability to connect with an audience has not gone unnoticed and after an immense amount of positive feedback Nighat became the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, ITV’S This Morning and BBC LookEast, updating viewers on the latest medical news. Dr Nighat was seen in 2020 discussing the effects of chillies on our bodies for BBC’s Food Truth or Scare. Dr Nighat is confident in front of a live audience too and has hosted women’s health workshops and keynote speeches.
She has also 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.
Dr Nighat 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 hosts her own Sunday Breakfast show on BBC3 Counties Radio. Nighat regularly appears on TimesRadio, Talk Radio, 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 (@drnighatarif). Nighat’s amassed a large and loyal following on the platform and uploads informative, funny and uplifting content daily.
Dr Nighat is a popular guest expert on several podcasts including ‘HerSpirit’ with Louise Minchin and Annie Emmerson (received over 100,000 downloads), ‘HuffPost’ Podcast, ‘Surgical Spirit’ and ‘Sikh Forgiveness’ podcast talking about depression, menopause, anxiety and other medical issues that affect us all. She has also featured on Dr Louise Newson ‘menopausedoctor’ podcast.
Nighat is an ambassador of many charitable causes including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, HerSpirit and does huge amount of work supporting NHS Blood and Transplant. Nighat is a member of Team Halo – an organisation that works in partnership with United Nations (UN) and the Vaccine Positivity Project to help spread understanding around the COVID19 vaccination program. She appeared as a guest speaker at the global Virtual Vaccine Days conference. Nighat has also works closely with NOON as their online health expert. Noon is an online platform empowering woman around their mid-life.
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.
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