In this six episode of the season of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to Dr. Nighat Arif.
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.
She talks to Louise and Annie about the lack of encouragement from her family going up to be more active, and it wasn't until her son's birth and putting on on extra weight that she revisited getting fitter.
Opening up the dialogue at home with friends and family around wellbeing is really important. Awareness is one thing but making it specific to the person is very important, and this is what she champions with her patients and those around her.
Goal attack and netball was her passion and her love of team sports. For Nighat this linked into finding her own identity and how it was a universal language and who she was.
These podcasts have been made possible through the support of Medichecks www.medichecks.com and Sport England www.sportengland.org
**This episode was recorded before the COVID19 lockdown