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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  

This research project will learn from a programme in Switzerland where crisis planning - including developing individualised strategies for monitoring for early signs of crisis and empowering patients to develop and put into practice crisis prevention plans - has shown promise in reducing compulsory admission in people who have been detained before under the Mental Health Act.

The research team developing and testing these strategies will include people with relevant lived experience and mental health professionals. They will adapt the programme to the UK and test it in an initial trial. This will be a vital first step towards a large multi-site study giving a more definite answer as to whether a UK version of the programme prevents compulsory admissions and is good value for money.   This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme.

FINCH Co-Production Group

We are looking for staff who work with people who are under section two or section three of the Mental Health Act to join the FINCH Co-Production Group.

We are looking for about four members of staff from any professional background who work in adult acute inpatient and community settings. The FINCH Co-Production Group will include people with experience of using mental health services, or carer experience, staff working in mental health services, and researchers and have about 12 members in total.

The Co-Production Group will contribute to developing the study intervention and planning the trial and will help ensure that the voices of service users, carers and staff working in mental health services are heard at all stages of the study. This group will be especially active between June and October 2021 when members will be involved in the adaptation of our study intervention. We anticipate many if not all Co-Production Group meetings will be conducted remotely via videoconference and will take place on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month, 2.30pm-4pm or 3pm-4.30pm until about August 2021 and meet less frequently after that.

This is a great opportunity to take part in a major nationally funded study and work with researchers and people with lived experience on the development of an innovative intervention, as well as gaining experience of research, intervention design and the co-production process.

For further information, please contact the Finch study researcher, Mary Birken m.birken@ucl.ac.uk .