This proposal was developed through consultation with the Equality Directorate at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hospitals. They initially approached Sheffield Hallam University as they were concerned about the local black and minority ethnic (BME) groups non- attendance rates. In Sheffield we have undertaken work to examine the extent of the problem. Data from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals show that 210,000, out of 2 million appointments, were missed. Analysis indicated that 19% of patients who missed an appointment were from a BME background.
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