Advanced Simulation Methods

3 day course:  Tuesday, 2nd - Thursday, 4th October 2018


3 day course: Tuesday, 2nd - Thursday, 4th October 2018


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 Wednesday, 19th September 2018.

£1099 - Standard Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or after Thursday, 20th September 2018, up until bookings close or the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

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

Bookings will close at midnight on Thursday, 2nd August 2018.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now open for this course.  All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

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.

Bookings will close at midnight on Thursday, 2nd August 2018.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810

Accommodation and Meals

Refreshments and lunch is provided throughout the 3 days of this course.  Plus, a course evening dinner that will take place on the first evening of Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 (there is no additional cost for this).

Fees do not include accommodation. However, we do have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall for our delegates (subject to availability), of £65 per room/night. Or a rate of £45 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, situated behind Halifax Hall.

Booking details and contact information 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 e.g. etc, then you will be tied to 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 (0)114 222 2968.


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.

Course Materials

Course materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website, approximately 2 weeks prior to the course start date.  Hard copies of handouts/exercises will be provided, as necessary, throughout the course.

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

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

Course Faculty

Hazel Squires is the course leader for this 3 day short course.

Matt Stevenson

Sarah Davis