The FINCH Study

Development, Feasibility Testing and Pilot Trial of a Crisis Planning and Monitoring Intervention to Reduce Compulsory Hospital Readmissions (the FINCH Study)

Professor Sonia Johnson, University College London

Welcome to FINCH, a study that intends to develop and test a new crisis-planning intervention for adults who have been compulsory detained under the Mental Health Act.

This research project will adapt a novel crisis planning approach which was developed in Switzerland and displayed promise in reducing compulsory admission in people who have been detained before under the Mental Health Act.

Our team consisting of mental health professionals and those with relevant lived experience will adapt the Swiss programme to the UK context, with the aim to:

  • Assess whether the FINCH intervention is acceptable and feasible to deliver in practice
  • Confirm if the FINCH intervention reduces repeat compulsory admissions
  • Consider whether the FINCH intervention is acceptable and useful to people from ethnic minority groups who are at higher risk of being compulsorily detained

We are also conducting a further study on the involuntary psychiatric admission of people under the age of 18. For more information on this study, please click here

These studies are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme.