Advanced Simulation Methods

3 day course:  Tuesday, 13th - Thursday, 15th October 2020


3 day course: Tuesday, 13th - Thursday, 15th October 2020


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 Thursday, 13th August 2020.

£1099 - Standard Rate - for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Tuesday, 29th September 2020.

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

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

All of our ScHARR short course booking 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.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810

Accommodation and Meals

Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the 3 days of this course.  Plus, a course evening dinner is included that will take place on the evening of Day 1.

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 e.g. 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 (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 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.

Course Faculty 

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

Matt Stevenson

Sarah Davis