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Last updated: 4 Aug 2020
- Substance misuse psychiatry
My name is Owen Bowden-Jones and I am a medical doctor, psychiatrist and researcher with over twenty years experience of helping people with psychological problems.
I trained at Imperial College London in general psychiatry and am a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
My national roles include clinical advisor to Public Health England and chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. I have provided expert opinion to the United Nations and European Union on mental health and substance misuse and participated in numerous international expert groups..
Since 2015 I have been leading the NEPTUNE clinical guidance group providing national guidance and e-learning on emerging drugs of misuse.
Areas of interest
I have expertise in many areas of psychiatry and particularly work with people suffering with Depression; Anxiety disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; drug, alcohol and behavioural addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I have recently written a best selling book for parents on how to talk to their children about drugs, called 'The Drug Conversation'. The book was 'highly commended' at the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards. For more details visit www.owenbowdenjones.com
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Pain management
- Geraldine Jackson
- The Roehampton Priory Hospital Priory Lane London SW15 5JJ
- 020 8392 4201
Current NHS consultant posts held
I work in both NHS and private practice.
My NHS practice is based in central London and is focused on helping people with substance misuse problems and associated psychological and physical harms. In 2010, I founded the ground-breaking Club Drug Clinic (www.clubdrugclinic.cnwl.nhs.uk), a service for people using emerging drugs such as ketamine, mephedrone and the so-called 'legal highs'.
My private practice is based at the Priory Hospital Roehampton and the Smart Clinics in Central London
I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and regular lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students and doctors in training.
As project lead for NEPTUNE (www.neptune-clinical-guidance.co.uk) I led a team of experts in writing clinical guidance on emerging drugs for frontline clinicians. This guidance has been widely used across the UK and Europe and is now being promoted by the United Nations.
A full list of my research publications can be found at http://owenbowdenjones.com/research/
I believe my patients and their relatives need up to date information to make decisions about their care.
In 2016 I wrote 'The Drug Conversation', an easy to read book for parents book on how to talk to their children about drugs. Parents worried about their child will find plenty of information about what to do. The book also explains how to talk to your child before they come into contact with drugs or people who use them. For information http://owenbowdenjones.com/the-drug-conversation/
In 2017, my book The Drug Conversation was 'highly commended' at the BMA Medical Book Awards.
In 2015 I was awarded the prestigious Communicator of the Year prize by the Royal College of Psychiatrist. The prize was in recognition of my role in engaging the public and media on the theme of mental health.
The Health Foundation chose me as one of sixteen people from across the NHS to receive a two year Leadership Fellowship (2007-2009)
I have engaged widely with the media both in print and in live and pre-recorded television and radio.
For a summary of my media work please see
Courses offered to GPs
I have spoken widely at national and international academic conferences as well as other fora including schools, music festivals and Universities.
- Fellow Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013
- Masters Imperial College London 2000
Reference number 3584211
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Psychiatry - sub-specialty in substance misuse, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
Member, Society for the Study of Addiction
Leadership Fellowship, Health Foundation
- 13 Crescent Place LONDON SW3 2EA
- 13:00 - 17:00
- 020 7052 0070
- The Roehampton Priory Hospital Priory Lane...
- 13:00 - 17:00
- 020 8392 4201
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
For Priory patients
My secretary, Geraldine Jackson, who will alert myself or the duty doctor
For Smart Clinic patients
Switchboard at the clinic who will alert myself or the duty doctor