MASHnet – The UK Network for Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare was established in January 2005. It was originally funded for three years by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with a research network grant. Subsequently it received some funding from the UK Operational Research Society. In November 2011 MASHnet became a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (Company No: 7842895).
The primary aim of MASHnet is improve the application of modelling and simulation in health and social care. To achieve this aim, it strives to bring together all the parties engaged in health and social care modelling and simulation to ensure the more successful realisation of these approaches in the delivery of services. The three main professional groups identified as central are the health and social care services, the research community, and the commercial sector. MASHnet provides a range of services and organises activities designed to improve effective interaction and collaboration between these groups.