WCISU Director retires

Friday, 23 March 2012
Dr John Steward, Director of the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) is retiring.
John StewardDr Steward has worked in the NHS since 1970 originally in primary care and later in public health.
He trained in Public Health at the former Gwent Health Authority and trained in biostatistics under a Medical Research Council (MRC) Training Fellowship tenured jointly at the Department of Mathematics Cardiff University and the former MRC Epidemiology Unit (South Wales).
Dr Steward worked as a consultant in public health at Gwent Health Authority before becoming the Director of WCISU in 1997. Since becoming Director he has faced a number of challenges including bringing the registry up to date in terms of timeliness and data quality. His hard work has led to WCISU enjoying a reputation for good quality information and analysis not only in Wales but across the UK and wider.
John Steward commented, “When I took over, the main aim was to organise data and get our unit on the same level as the rest of the UK.
“Accuracy of data is hugely important. One of the aspects we worked hard on was to establish the Welsh cancer survival rates – good survival statistics are is vital in order to measure the effectiveness of cancer services.
“One of my main achievements has been building up a strong team – we now have an excellent team and are in an excellent position to take things forward and tackle future challenges.”
Bob Hudson, Chief Executive of Public Health Wales said, “John has been an excellent servant to the NHS over many years.
“He has built up the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit to become one of the most well respected cancer registries that is valued across the UK and beyond. The data produced by WCISU is incredibly important in measuring cancer incidence, mortality and survival and the quality of the work is a credit to John and his team.  
“I know his colleagues will miss him dearly and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
As well as Director of WCISU Dr Steward is an honorary senior lecturer in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University.
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