Advanced Simulation Methods

3 day course: Tuesday, 19th - Thursday, 21st October 2021

Within healthcare decision-making, cohort Markov models and decision trees are frequently used. However, in some situations, these are not the most appropriate modelling methods. This course provides an in-depth review of individual-level simulation rationale, techniques and methodologies with a particular focus on discrete event simulation and its practical application to inform healthcare decision-making. From the fundamentals of a basic model, the course will progress to modelling complex systems, verification and interpreting output, as well as exploring alternative software options. 

What does the course deliver?

This course aims to provide participants with the skills required to be able to undertake simulation projects to a professional level. It will be both theoretically-based and practically-based, with the use of the Simul8 software package. It will cover the use of discrete-event simulation to assess the impact of alternative options within a local system with resource constraints and the use of patient-level simulation for health economic modelling.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is primarily for health economic modellers who want to broaden their skill base, as well as healthcare decision-makers who would like to understand more about patient-level simulation and when it might be useful.

Participants must have a basic level of knowledge of health economic modelling in order to follow the course.

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and practical use of Simul8, both following the lecturer and within individual exercises.​


Dates and times

3 day course: Tuesday, 19th - Thursday, 21st October 2021

  • Day 1 - 09:00 - 17:00, with a course evening dinner at approximately 7pm 
  • Day 2 - 09:15 - 17:15
  • Day 3 - 09:15 - 14:45

£999 - Early Bird Rate - For confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 19th July 2021.

£1099 - Standard Rate - for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 5th October 2021.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of 4 or more people on the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place through the Online Store, all group bookings should go directly to Karen Holden at

£499 - for Eligible ScHARR Staff/ScHARR Students Only. This is a reduced fee for our current ScHARR Staff, and/or current ScHARR Students where fees are paid either directly by the delegate, or directly by ScHARR e.g. nor from external funding either directly or indirectly. Eligibility will need to be confirmed prior to booking. Please contact Karen Holden at, to confirm your eligibility and obtain the password required to make this booking.

Booking and payment
Wherever possible we aim to run as many of our ScHARR short courses as is practically possible, but this may be in a different format to how they have previously been delivered, or were intending to be delivered. 

We are currently looking at other ways in which our courses could potentially be delivered e.g. online and which courses this would be suitable for.

Any bookings made for any of our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be regularly updating to comply with Government guidance and restrictions.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made would be Covid-19 secure, whereby if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings. 

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment is by credit/debit card or PayPal and via invoice (purchase order required) if required.

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking and select the invoice option at the start of the booking process. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the purchase order is received at

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Instructions for downloading the course software, Simul8, will be provided prior to the start of the course.

NB:  MAC's are not compatible, so will not be suitable for this course.  If you cannot provide your own (non MAC) laptop, please contact Karen Holden at, to discuss alternative arrangements.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Rd
S10 3ER

Tel: +44 114 222 8810

Accommodation and meals

Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the three days of this course. Plus, a course evening dinner is included that will take place on the evening of day one.

Fees do not include accommodation. However, we do have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall for our delegates (subject to availability), of £70 per room/night. Or a rate of £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, situated behind Halifax Hall.

Booking details and contact information for booking accommodation, will be automatically provided upon receipt of your online booking. A booking reference will be given along with the name and contact details of how the accommodation should be booked to ensure you receive our preferential rates and ease of cancellation.

NB: If you book through a third party eg etc, then you will be bound by their terms and conditions including cancellation policy, and therefore we cannot guarantee a full refund in the event that the course is cancelled.


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 23 October 2020