GAME-A-THON: Can YOU care for a hospital?

Venue: Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Manchester, M14 6NN

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Develop and test your leadership and management skills in our newly developed game, entrusted. This one day immersive learning simulation will transport you into a hospital environment and ask you to make decisions that will impact the delivery of healthcare. 


Large scale simulation games have been used across a range of sectors from the military to finance to develop core leadership and management skills, testing individuals and teams how they respond to complex scenarios and change. 

entrusted is a large scale hospital simulation game-a-thon where the functions of an NHS Trust and roles within in it are performed by its many participants. Each participant plays a role of a key decision maker within a fictional NHS hospital. To succeed participants will need to efficiently act according to their roles and responsibilities, perform allocated tasks and negotiate the various challenges that they will face over the day. 

Developed by an experienced team at the Health eResearch Centre at The University of Manchester, in conjunction with the Connected Health Cities programme,  entrusted is a fun and engaging learning experience that will challenge its participants to make tough decisions and think creatively around a number of problems and challenges that their fictional hospital will face, all analogous to real world issues that UK NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals face.


This experience will challenge and improve your management, leadership and interpersonal abilities in a fun and stimulating environment.  You will also gain an appreciation for the complexities of the running of a large complex organisation.


This event is open to all who wish to develop their leadership, management and decision-making skills and is interested in healthcare.


The game-a-thon will start on Wednesday 28 November at 16.30 and finish on Thursday 29 November 2018 at 17.30 (at the latest). In the first evening, you will be introduced to fellow participants and the game in preparation for Thursday. 


Overnight accommodation, food and workshop materials are covered. Should you need to cancel your place, please do so as soon as possible but no later than 5 November 2018.

Once confirmed we will send you a short questionnaire with the aim of knowing a bit more about you. This is with the exclusive intention of matching you with an appropriate role. Any personal information shared will not be shared, retained or repurposed in anyway after the event.

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Is there any preparation needed before the event?

Yes, but only a little. Before the event we will need to know a little bit about you so we can choose a role for you that will play to your strengths. To do this we’ll send a short questionnaire that we will use to support this process.

Do I have to have worked in healthcare to participate?

Absolutely not! Hospitals benefit from being staffed by people from a huge range of backgrounds and we want our fictional hospital to be exactly the same. You will not be expected to know anything at all about how a hospital works.

Will I need to attend the whole session or can I just do part of it?

On this occasion this is a complete experience. If you’d like to participate in any part of it, you will need to be available for the full session. To get the most of the experience it is essential that all [Delegates/Participants/Players] are committed to being available for the full period

Do I need to have played a lot of games before?

Nope! You don’t need to have played many games at all. What is important is that you are comfortable with the idea of playing to the structure of a set of rules.

Will I need to know all the rules to participate?

No no, we’ve got you covered! On the evening of the 28th we are going to run a number of orientation briefings explaining broadly what you need to know and to do. For much of that evening there will be plenty of opportunity to practice if you’d like to! On the day we will have a set of experienced controllers who will be available to support you. If you are ever unsure there will always be someone available to ask for help.