ONLINE Advanced Simulation Methods

Monday, 15th - Thursday, 25th May 2023 (6 half-days sessions)

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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.

Learning Objectives

1. To understand when discrete event simulation is useful 

2. To be able to develop resource-constrained models within Simul8

3. To be able to develop individual level simulations for health economic evaluation

4. To understand how to validate and verify a Simul8 model 

5. To interpret outputs from a simulation model

6. To be aware of alternative software packages that could be used for discrete event simulation

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

Session 1 - Introduction to discrete Event Simulation

Session 2 & 3 - Buidling a DES using Simul8: a constrained-resource case study

Session 3 - Verification and validation of DES models

Session 4 - Cost-effectiveness of interventions: individual level modelling

Session 5 - Interpretation of simulation output

Session 6 - Individual level modelling - alternatives to Simul8

The course will be taught using a mixture of live sessions, pre-recorded materials plus exercises to be completed between sessions.

Faculty

Dates and times

This course will take place over 6 half days, from 15th - 25th May 2023, plus some exercises to be completed between sessions, as follows:

SESSION DATE TIME
Session 1 Monday, 15th May 2023 12:30 - 15:00 (GMT)
Exercise to complete Between Session 1 and Session 2 In own time
Session 2 Wednesday, 17th May 2023 12:00 - 14:00 (GMT)
Exercise to complete Between Session 2 and Session 3 In own time
Session 3 Thursday, 18th May 2023 12:00 - 16:15 (GMT)
Session 4 Monday, 22nd May 2023 12:00 - 15:15 (GMT)
Exercise to complete Between Session 4 and Session 5 In own time
Session 5 Wednesday, 24th May 2023 12:00 - 14:45 (GMT)
Exercise to complete Between Session 5 and Session 6 In own time
Session 6 Thursday, 25th May 2023 12:00 - 14:45 (GMT)

You must be able to attend all sessions, and complete the exercises between sessions to fully complete the course.

If you cannot attend the above and would would like to be contacted once the next intake has been confirmed and/or be kept up to date with booking deadlines, please complete the Register Interest google form below:
 
Fees

The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £599 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk in the first instance, to check your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £499.

Booking and payment
This course is now live on our online store and currently accepting bookings:
 
 
If you cannot attend this intake and would like to be contacted once the next intake has been confirmed and/or be kept up to date with booking deadlines, please complete the Register Interest google form below:
 
Payments
 
Payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided at the time of booking).

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.  Wherever possible please also email an electronic copy of your company purchase order to scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Immediate payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking, please ensure you have these details to hand before making your booking.

If you have any queries or require any further details, please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Course delivery

This course will take place ONLINE via the University’s ‘Blackboard’ platform, over 6 x half day sessions plus some self-directed learning between sessions.

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

Online delivery via University’s Blackboard platform:

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or Laptop with a mouse (a USB mouse is recommended for ease of completing exercises in-class).
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  • Ability to access Google applications e.g. Google Sites
  • Ability to download Simul8 software (details will be provided)

The course will be taught using a mixture of live sessions, pre-recorded materials plus exercises to be completed between sessions.

Contact

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Tel:  0114 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: 1 November 2022