Director of gambling clinic wins Women of Achievement Award

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic, was presented with The Women of Achievement Award for Healthcare last night at a prestigious award ceremony.

Henrietta has worked for the NHS for 17 years. She founded the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic based in Soho in 2008, the first and only NHS treatment centre in the UK for problem gamblers. Prior to this, she ran the CNWL inpatient detoxification services for alcohol and drugs and led the Soho Rapid Access Clinic, treating the homeless drug addicts of central London.

On winning the award, Henrietta, said: “I’m so thrilled. It’s such a great honour. I want to share this award with all women working in Medicine who have sacrificed so much for their careers. It takes much energy and even more determination to be a woman and mother at home whilst aiming for the top of one's career. I also want to thank the Trust for all the support over the last 17 years in allowing me to set up something so unique and for the ongoing support to the clinic”

The Women of Achievement Award is a 2-stage award and split into eight categories. The first stage categories included construction and engineering; facilities management; financial services; professional services; public sector; technology and healthcare. Each category winner will now go on to compete head-to-head for the overall Woman of Achievement Award which will be announced on 28 November at a special Women of Achievement lunch event.

Claire Murdoch, CNWL Chief Executive, said: “This is fabulous and richly deserved...Henrietta is formidable, impressive, passionate, funny and clever! And a mother of small children on top of this. Amazing? No end to her talents!”