Top psychiatrists awarded New Year’s Honours

Press release
28 December 2018


Today, Her Majesty the Queen announced the 2019 New Year’s honour list and we are delighted that three members of The Royal College of Psychiatrists are included. Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE, Dr Gertrude Seneviratne OBE, and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE.

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: ''I am delighted to see honours being awarded to Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, Dr Gertrude Seneviratne, and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones for their outstanding dedication to rehabilitation, perinatal, and addiction psychiatry services.

“The work of these psychiatrists has made a huge difference to ensuring that people with mental illness are getting the right help and best possible treatment, so they can live fulfilling lives.

"This is recognition not just of their invaluable contribution to mental health services and research, but also of all the work that mental health professionals are doing across the UK.”

Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have received well-deserved honours for their excellent work in the provision of vital mental health services.

“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking great strides in our efforts to ensure mental and physical health are equally valued and respected. While mental health has long been undervalued, these honours are a clear sign that recognition of the important work psychiatrists do is on the up.”

Details of RCPsych recipients

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE, consultant psychiatrist in rehabilitation and recovery at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Mental Health Lead. Dr Kalidindi is also a Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and is the former chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Gertrude Seneviratne OBE, lead consultant psychiatrist in specialist perinatal mental health services at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and chair of the perinatal psychiatry faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE consultant psychiatrist in addictions at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, and founder and director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. Dr Bowden-Jones is also President of the Medical Women’s Federation, leader of the Problem Gambling Research Consortium, and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Addictions at Imperial College, London.

The College also wishes to congratulate Dr Zenobia Nadirshaw, MBE for her notable achievement to improvements to mental health.


Notes to editors

Photos of all three winners are available upon request.

About the Royal College of Psychiatrists

  1. We are the professional medical body responsible for supporting over 18,000 psychiatrists in the UK and internationally.
  2. We set standards and promote excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare.
  3. We lead, represent and support psychiatrists nationally and internationally to governments and other agencies.
  4. We aim to improve the outcomes of people with mental illness, and the mental health of individuals, their families and communities. We do this by working with patients, carers and other organisations interested in delivering high quality mental health services.

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