Providing Solutions within the personal injury sector for affordable diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services.

Did you know that Curian Medical offer access to one of the largest diagnostic imaging networks?  We continuously look to expand the network with some new facilities recently added within the Thames Valley, North East and South Wales areas.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used frequently within the medico-legal sector and is particularly useful at providing highly detailed images together with valuable and accurate information about the structure of joints, soft tissue and bones of the body.

Just some of the advantages of using this imaging technique include;

  • MRI is harmless for the patient – no radiation is involved
  • Excellent detail makes MRI superior to some of the other imaging techniques available
  • MRI contrast agent (where required) is usually gadolinium which is less allergenic than iodine based contrast agents used in other imaging modalities

It is widely known that there are disadvantages to MRI scanning, however here at Curian Medical we have worked hard to put in place solutions for our customers;

Availability – We have developed one of the largest networks throughout the country ensuring patients no longer have to travel far for diagnostic imaging

Affordability – Curian Medical have implemented fixed fees for our customers in order that our diagnostic imaging services are cost effective and competitive

Results –  Excellent working relationships within our network ensures appointments and results are provided at the earliest opportunity ultimately speeding up any further treatments or rehabilitation that may be required

Contra-indications – Whilst we understand that not everyone is compatible for an MRI scan, we have protocols in place to ensure that each patient completes a safety questionnaire prior to imaging.  Where necessary Curian Medical can co-ordinate alternative imaging techniques or co-ordinate any further investigations, such as x-rays to ensure no contra-indications exist.

Open scanners – We appreciate due to anxiety or claustrophobia that not all patients will be suitable for a conventional MRI scanner.  With this in mind Curian Medical have developed access to a number of Open MRI scanners across the country.

If you would like to hear further information regarding our nationwide diagnostic imaging or rehabilitation services then do feel free to contact Martin Eccles our Business Relationship Manager on 0121 732 9860 or email at meccles@curianmedical.co.uk.

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Curian Medical Tip 7 – Get enough sleep

Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Sleep problems can lead to;

  • having negative thoughts, feeling depressed or anxious – if you have little sleep you may feel less able to rationalise worries or irrational thoughts
  • feeling lonely or isolated – if you feel tired you may not want to be sociable or see friends
  • experiencing psychotic episodes – if you have a psychotic disorder or bipolar disorder, a lack of sleep may trigger mania, psychosis or paranoia, or make existing symptoms worse

There are however a number of things you can try in order to get adequate sleep.  Remember, you might need to try a few different things before you find what works for you;

  • Establish a routine – try going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day to create a sleep pattern
  • Relax – try to do something relaxing, such as listening to calming music or take a bath
  • Sleep in a comfortable environment – you may want to experiment with the temperature, light and noise levels to work out what works best for you
  • Try to resolve stresses and worries – some people find meditation or writing down their feelings in a notebook before they settle down for bed really helps
  • Go tech free  – try to give yourself some tech-free time an hour or so before bed, to help yourself prepare for sleep
  • Food, drink and exercise – doing regular physical activity can help with sleep.  Whilst caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods may give short-term help they can all disturb your sleep patterns
  • Medication and physical pain – some medications and physical pain may affect your sleep, if you think this may be the case visit your GP.

Sleep allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.  Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.

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Curian Medical Tip 6 – Listen to music

Music has the power to inspire and entertain but it also has powerful psychological effects that can improve your health and well-being. Instead of thinking of music as pure entertainment, consider some of the major mental benefits of incorporating music into your everyday life. Incorporating music into your everyday life can help to:

  • elevate your mood and motivation
  • aid relaxation and reduce stress
  • improve your cognitive performance

Music can also stop you from feeling lonely or isolated. Whether it is sharing playlists with your friends, or meeting new, like-minded people at your favourite band’s next gig, music connects people.

What type of music do you enjoy listening to when you want to relax?

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Curian Medical Tip 5 – Get some sunshine

We’re used to hearing about how too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin. But did you know it can have mood-lifting benefits?

Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.  Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of depression.  During the winter, some people become depressed because they aren’t getting enough sunlight – this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some people find using a special light-therapy lamp helps to alleviate the symptoms.

So with natural sunlight being free and a natural mood enhancer try to go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes safe!

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Curian Medical Tip 4 – Ask for help

It’s always ok to ask for help, even if you’re not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem.  You may wish to seek help if you are;

  • worrying more than usual
  • finding it hard to enjoy your life
  • having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, which have an impact on your day-to-day life

When asking for help there are lots of options of support to choose from and different things work for different people at different times.  Some of the help available includes;

  • Visiting your GP – Your doctor is there to help with your mental health as well as physical health
  • Workplace support – Some organisations offer their employees access to talking therapies, mental health first aiders and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Counsellors/psychotherapists – Trained therapists and counsellors can offer a range of different therapies and these are available through the NHS or privately
  • Charities – There are a number of different charities which offer support via helplines and listening services
  • Student Services – Higher education establishments usually have a student wellbeing centre that offers support to its students
  • Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear

Importantly remember, you are not alone and you deserve support.

Curian Minds unfortunately does not provide a Critical Crisis Response service. If you have urgent mental health needs or are in a crisis please contact your GP, GP out of hours service, NHS 111 or The Samaritans on 116 123 (UK & ROI) in the first instance.

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Curian Medical Tip 3 – Exercise

Did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing?

Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood.

Mental and emotional benefits of exercise include;

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Sharper memory and thinking
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Stronger resilience

Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. Exercising can break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body.

Even just a few minutes of physical activity are better than none at all. So if you don’t have time for 15 or 30 minutes of exercise start with 5 or 10 minute sessions and perhaps aim to slowly increase your time. The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have.

Exercise doesn’t just have to take place in a gym, look at your daily routine and discover how you can build in some activity such as;

  • At work – can you walk or bike to work rather than drive. Take the stairs instead of taking the lift. Go for a vigorous walk during your coffee/lunch breaks
  • In the home – Mow the lawn and tend to the garden. Clean the house or wash the car.
  • With friends/family – Walk the dog. Take a class with friends – could be dance/yoga. Go on a bike ride

Whatever activity you choose to do, have fun and enjoy!

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Curian Medical Tip 2 – Eat Well

What we choose to eat affects not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing too.  Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body.

Eating well can mean different things to different people. Broadly speaking it means eating in a way so that:

  • our weight remains normal – not too low and not to high
  • our weight remains stable – not going up and down all the time
  • all necessary food groups and vitamins are available
  • eating becomes and remains an enjoyable experience.

A healthy balanced diet includes:

  • lots of different types of fruit and vegetables
  • wholegrain cereals or bread
  • nuts and seeds
  • dairy products
  • oily fish
  • plenty of water

Eat at least three meals each day and drink plenty of water. Try to limit how many high-caffeine or sugary drinks you have and avoid too much alcohol.

Improving your diet may help to:

  • improve your mood
  • give you more energy
  • help you think more clearly.

The 5 A Day – What counts? is available on the NHS website, provides detailed information on how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/5-a-day-what-counts/

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Curian Medical – Tip 1 Take up a hobby

Whilst therapies and medications may help improve the lives of many experiencing mental health issues, taking time out to pursue a hobby or leisure activity can bring significant benefits, regardless of what you choose to do.  Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy.  If we don’t spend any time doing things we enjoy, we can become irritable and unhappy.

Pursuit of a hobby or activity can help an individual by reducing stress, improving mood and certain activities will promote and encourage socialisation that can help combat loneliness too. 

Your hobby should be a pleasurable activity that allows you to take your mind off of the demands of your daily life, or negative emotions. It’s a healthy and productive distraction from work or personal troubles.

Hobbies can also help improve memory and give your brain a workout – Puzzles provide a focus and medical professionals agree that they help reduce stress and anxiety. These can be anything from jigsaws, crosswords, Sudoku or any number of other brain teasers.

The benefits of having a hobby can greatly improve your life – what hobbies do you have?

We have listed a few hobbies that you may wish to consider;

*Crafts

*Gardening

*Photography

*Learning a musical instrument

*Hiking/Walking

*Yoga

*Writing/Reading

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Mental Health Awareness Week

13th – 19th May 2019

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. This years theme is ‘Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.’

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem this year. Throughout the week we will be sharing tips on how you can take steps to improve your mental health.

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CBT Integrative Psychotherapist Required

Curian Medical are a nationwide provider of medical treatment and rehabilitation, working closely with the insurance and personal injury markets. This is an exciting opportunity within our Willenhall office, for the right candidate to mould a recently defined role with the support from our clinical lead. The majority of our clients generally require mid – low level intervention. Immediate caseload available.

Your main duties will include:

Deliver psychotherapy predominantly remotely, via phone and video conferencing technologies.

Offer face to face consultation where possible.

Provide clinical specialist input and advice within Curian Medical and to other staff members.

Deliver psychotherapy which can evidence positive measurable outcomes and assist the clinical lead in the best ways to communicate evidences.

Ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by participating in audit and development activities.

Ensures the integrity and effectiveness of the sessions, ensuring a range of professional standards are met in relation to the delivery of each session.

Promote clinical principles.

Sustain records of sessions, including initial, interim and discharge reports.

Liaising with others (if needed) to help any changes happen.

Assisting in fine tuning Curian Medical’s delivery of psychotherapy and other associated services (including EAP).

Responsible for practice and management of caseload, including booking of patients and communication.

Delivery of psychotherapy services by the post holder will aim to address specific related issues in more depth, often through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The focus of the work is based on therapeutic principles, where the postholder provides specialist input to develop and maintain Curian Medical’s strong brand within the Medico legal, rehab and insurance industry’s.

Requirements:

You are a qualified psychotherapist registered with the BABCP, or actively working towards accreditation and can evidence this.

You have at least two years of clinical work experience offering psychological therapy to individuals and ideally couples.

You are competent in at least two psychological models one being CBT.

You have experience of working with a wide range of presenting clinical difficulties including anxiety, depression and trauma.

You take full clinical responsibility for your clients’ care and can set out and hold boundaries with clients including adhering to regular weekly sessions and a cancellation policy.

35 hours per week, spread over five days. Generally 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, but a degree of flexibility is expected.

You will be supported through regular formal supervision and appraisal, with professional advice and guidance available.

Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

For further information or to express an interest please contact Rob Haynes on 0121 732 9860 or email rhaynes@curianmedical.co.uk.