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CNWL’s Dr Owen Bowden-Jones wins the Royal College of Psychiatrists Award

Dr Owen Bowden-Jones wins prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists award

CNWL Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Owen Bowden–Jones won the award for Psychiatric Communicator of the Year at this year’s Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards.

Dr Bowden-Jones runs CNWL’s Club Drug Clinic and was recently quoted extensively by the Home Affairs Select Committee on Psychoactive Substances. He leads the NEPTUNE training project and spoke about it at the G7 Group of Advanced Countries in Berlin as well as at the Latitude Festival.

The judging panel at the Awards said of his achievements: "Dr Owen Bowden-Jones is a recognised expert in club drugs – so called ‘legal highs’. He has extensive experience of working with the media, providing authoritative and accessible information about many aspects of substance misuse. Owen has been creative in his work, using new technologies to communicate information about safer drug use."

On receiving the accolade Dr Owen Bowden-Jones said, "It is a privilege to receive this award. Stigma remains a huge problem for people with mental health problems and I believe all staff have a role in challenging discrimination."

The College hosted the ceremony - now in seventh year - on 10 November at its home in Prescott Street in the shadow of the Tower of London. Some 300 guests working in psychiatry and mental health attended – the largest guest list to date. This year’s awards attracted the biggest number of entries yet, and the judges were hugely impressed with their quality. Musician, journalist and Church of England priest Columnist and presenter, The Reverend Richard Coles, who hosted the awards described the event as “inspiring”. He went on to say: “We have a great deal to be grateful to the psychiatrist-community for. I am delighted to be here to celebrate excellence in psychiatry. Thank you for the invaluable work you do as a profession.”

Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive, said, “Well done Owen – delighted to see this. The work is a rigorous piece of clinical research and practice in a developing area of illness – expert, relevant and modern – all explained exceptionally well, to every audience from politicians to festival attenders.”