Advanced Simulation Methods

3 day course:  Monday, 27th - Wednesday, 29th November 2017


3 day course: Monday, 27th - Wednesday, 29th November 2017


Day 1 - TBC

Day 2 - TBC

Day 3 - TBC


£1200 - Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before, Wednesday, 27 September 2017
£1300 - Standard Rate - For bookings received on or before Sunday, 12th November 2017

NB: All fees do not include accommodation. However, we do have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall for our delegates (subject to availability). 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 the person this should be booked directly with to ensure you receive our preferential rate of £65 per night/room).

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now being accepted.  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).

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Bookings will automatically close for this course at midnight on Sunday, 12th November 2017.

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Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810


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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.

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

A copy of all course materials will be provided on USB plus a hard copy of the handouts/exercises where necessary. A hard copy of presentations are available upon request.  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

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