UKMLA consultation audit: MSCAA.

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear General Medical Council,

On page 5 of the document "Securing the licence to practise: introducing a Medical Licensing Assessment", it is stated that "Also, the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance (MSCAA) has been researching the extent of variation in the standards set by UK medical schools for written finals as well as the diversity in their methods and processes for testing students’ clinical skills. "

I am therefore requesting:
- full references of the papers used to make this statement.
- copies of all papers used to support this statement.

Yours faithfully,

Rosanna Holdsworth.

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear [Name Removed]


Your information request - F18/9579/MM


Thank you for your email dated 09 June 2018.


How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.


Who to contact

Matthew McCoig-Lees will be handling your request. If you have any
questions you can call him on 0161 923 6579 or email him at
[1][email address].




Yours sincerely


Loredana Cojan


Information Access Assistant

[2][email address]


0161 240 8189


General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW




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Matthew McCoig-Lees (0161 923 6579), General Medical Council

Dear [Name Removed]


I write further to previous correspondence. I have considered your request
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.


The academic paper which supports the statement you enquire about is
[1]“Variation in passing standards for graduation‐level knowledge items at
UK medical schools.”


It has been published in the Journal Medical Education Vol 51 Issue 6 in
June 2017 pp.612-620. The document can be accessed via John Wiley & Sons.


This document is reasonably assessable and as such I believe an exemption
applies to this information, which means that we do not need to provide
it. I have provided more information on this below.




Section 21 of the FOIA applies where the information is already reasonably
accessible to the requester, even where a charge may be applicable.


Your right to appeal


I'm sorry I couldn’t provide the information you requested. You can appeal
against this decision to Elizabeth Hiley, Information Access Manager.  If
you want to appeal, please set out your reasons and write to her using the
email: [3][email address].  You can also appeal to the
Information Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA and DPA – we can
provide more details about this if you need them.


Kind Regards




Matthew McCoig-Lees

Information Access Officer

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW

Email: [4][email address]


Tel: 0161 923 6579


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