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Dr Bruce McManus B.Sc(hons), MBBS(hons), DGM, DRCOG, DFSRH, LoC(IUT), MRCGP

Faculty Assessment Analysis and Development Lead & BM Finals OSCE Coordinator

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Dr Bruce McManus is Faculty Assessment Analysis and Development Lead & BM Finals OSCE Coordinator within Medicine at the University of Southampton

After graduating from University College London Medical school in 1998 Dr McManus completed his GP training in Southampton in 2004. Since then Dr McManus has been a practicing GP partner, and out of hours GP, within the city of Southampton. He has been a GP undergraduate teacher in primary medical care since 2005. In 2008 he was appointed to the role of BM Finals OSCE coordinator at Southampton and also became a GP trainer. More recently in 2012 he has taken on new responsibilities as the Faculty assessment analysis and development lead.

He works part time for the University when not in his practice. The University role entails setting, writing and coordinating the BM finals OSCE as well as reviewing, analysing, and advising on the development of assessments across the faculty with a particular emphasis on maintaining and developing reliability in assessment. He chairs the reliability in assessment working group and has been instrumental in developing the standard setting procedures for the finals OSCE, conducting a review of the mini CEX which has now been relaunched as the Assessment of clinical competence (ACC). Other roles include examiner training for the OSCEs and other assessments.

He has a degree in Psychology and Medicine from University College London (with honours), and several postgraduate medical qualifications including membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners with distinction. He also has completed the postgraduate certificate in medical education from the University of Winchester and is now working towards the Diploma in medical Education from the same institution. He has published regarding assessments and plans to publish future articles including as the lead author regarding the intended publication of a novel development to a, previously described, performance based standard setting procedure known as the borderline regression method.

Research interests

Performance based methods of standard setting for clinical assessments.
Assessment and development of quality and reliability in assessments.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

To provide expertise and guidance on assessment methods and processes across the Faculty and to monitor these to ensure that assessments are robust, reliable and valid.

To develop and run the Finals OSCE examination

Deputy Chair taught programmes assessment committee

Chair reliability in assessment working group

Lead clinical assessment examiner training

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Primary care

GP teaching in the clinical setting and small group seminar facilitation.


Faculty lead of assessment analysis and development
Lead for clinical examiner development and training

Dr Bruce McManus
Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Southampton General Hospital Mailpoint 801 AB218 South Academic Block Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD

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