Dr Nighat Arif
Dr Nighat Arif is a family GP who specialises in women’s health and family planning. As an expert on everything ranging from the menopause to psychiatry, Dr Nighat is a regular contributor to radio, media and many acclaimed magazines. In demand as a public speaker, host and podcast guest, Dr Nighat appeals to people of all ages and cultures who might sometimes feel excluded or unable to talk about women’s health issues.
About Dr Nighat Arif
Dr Nighat Arif currently works as a GP in a rural NHS practice. As well as 11 years in the NHS, she has 5 years’ experience as a private doctor and also provides teaching to local trainee GPs. She has spoken at a vast array of National and International conferences. After contributing to various magazines including British Vogue magazine, OK and Good Housekeeping, Dr Nighat became the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, This Morning and BBC LookEast.
Dr Nighat Arif is a former Lead Clinician for a residential Dementia centre. As well as this, she has also worked for Oxford Mental Health NHS trust in general adult psychiatry and psychiatry of the elderly. For her incredible Outreach work, Dr Nighat was nominated for the Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing for her exceptional commitment to advancing wellbeing in her community.
Having had several papers published and winning several awards in the past, Dr Nighat has written for and been an interviewee in magazines such as British Vogue Magazine, MegsMenopause, Stylist Magazine, OK, Red, Good Housekeeping Magazine and Women in Medicine Magazine.
In 2020, she was seen 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.
Based in Buckinghamshire, Dr Nighat is a mum of three. She is able to consult fluently in Urdu and Punjabi and is on a dedicated mission to share her medical expertise in a way that is accessible, authentic and remains true to her values as a British Pakistani, Muslim woman and mother.