Professor Axford has worked for over thirty years within the NHS and one of his visions was to develop an integrated musculoskeletal service. He achieved this with the opening of The Hotung Centre at St. George's Hospital in 2002, which is now an internationally acknowledged centre of clinical excellence.
Professor Axford is the founding director of the London Rheumatology Clinic, whose aim is the provision of holistic individualised clinical care in a coordinated and integrated manner.
Professor Axford has made notable achievements within a number of institutions and societies. At St. George's, University of London he has served on Council, was the Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and directed the Hotung Centre.
He has been associated with the Royal Society of Medicine for over twenty years and has been a Trustee and Honorary Secretary and is an Honorary member.
Professor Axford has received a number of awards, including BMA book of the year award, the Doris Hillier Award for Rheumatology, four NHS/ACCEA merit awards and honorary membership of the Royal Society of Medicine.