Dr Jay Naik
Consultant Medical Oncologist
I am a locally trained consultant medical oncologist specialising in the medical treatment of breast and lung cancer, currently working at Harrogate District Hospital. If you are looking at my profile, you are likely to be going through one of the most challenging times of your life. You will have been given a diagnosis that may be frightening, leaving you scared and confused. You may want certainty where there appears to be little or none. This will be an association that will last some time and I see my main role as being there to help you navigate through this sometimes bewildering and frightening time.
I am interested in knowing you, and what matters most to you, so that we can make the best decisions, about your care, with your full involvement. My maxim is ‘compassionate honesty’, so you always know where you stand, and so you can trust what I say. It is my core aim to make the treatment process as understandable as possible, and to answer each question you have. I will formulate a plan with you, so you can be as secure as possible, knowing that you are being cared for by me, and a support team, who want to get it right for you each step of the way.
I have more than 18 years of experience in Oncology (cancer medicine), 9 of those as a consultant. I have a PhD, am active in clinical research, and have a strong interest in communication; taking part in an international training programme to help cancer professionals to explain risk more effectively (TARGET).
I believe my approach has been validated by my patients, who nominated my team and I for Mid Yorkshire's 'Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award'. We were shortlisted from 70 nominations from across the Trust, and subsequently won being presented with the award in May 2018.