Anne Axford

Anne Axford

As associate director for learning and development at Portsmouth PCT, Anne believes everyone has potential to grow, whatever stage they are at in their career.

  • Blogs

    Bridging the financial gap


    The challenge of reducing spend continues and managers are looking ever more creatively at how to reduce the bottom line. I think I may have found a solution!

  • Blogs

    A short course in leadership


    What is leadership all about, and how can you learn to be a better leader. Do you need to go on a course, read a book, or what?

  • Blogs

    Cluster development


    What are people doing to support staff who will be working in clusters? What are the "must do" activities, and how can clusters share best practice?

  • Blogs

    Self Coaching - is it possible?


    Exploring the value of self coaching and whether it is a substitute for one to one coaching, and the support of a coaching style of management

  • Blogs

    Tyranny of When


    How many of us have thought, at some time, I’ll really feel happy when (I’ve got the promotion, bought the new car, been on a world cruise…or whatever) and see happiness as something over the horizon - when what we already have is something to celebrate?

  • Blogs

    Thrive, survive and take control


    How to manage the changes that you may not have chosen and emerge positively

  • Blogs

    Career coaching


    Why are we so backward in coming forward? Writing a list of our achievements doesn't come easily to most people - and now is the time to learn.

  • Blogs

    Managing Change


    As the changes to the NHS continue to exercise the minds of NHS staff potentially "affected by change" what are the main themes emerging?

  • Blogs

    Developing the Healthcare Workforce


    Consultations come thick and fast, a bit like the current weather.

  • Blogs

    Healthy Lives, Healthy People....


    Ring fenced public health budgets may be too late for resources currently facing the axe in local government budget cuts

  • Blogs

    PCT fall guys


    PCTs are in the frame again - this time Dame Barbara Hakin warns GP consortia not to turn to them for support, highlighting other options available to them. How does this feel if you work in a PCT?

  • Blogs

    Arbinger Institute's Self Deception


    What if you had a problem, but you didn't know that you had a problem? Do you see people as people or as objects? Are you carrying around boxes that prevent you making the right choices in what you do?

  • Blogs

    We need to celebrate best practice in tough financial times


    Should we be spending scarce resource on award ceremonies that recognise achievements and effort? I think this is money well spent.

  • Blogs

    If you can, do: if you can't....


    A tidal wave of conferences, seminars, webinars and more - how valuable are they, and how much do they contribute to the debate?

  • Blogs

    Being free at the point of need is one of the NHS's greatest strengths


    Comparing the NHS to the US health system, and making a plea to retain the best of what the NHS offers at a time when “all change” may be seen as the holy grail

  • Blogs

    The NHS needs active listeners


    Active listening - it is said we are given two ears and one mouth, and should therefore listen twice as much as we speak. John Whitmore, in his book “Coaching for Performance” tells us that most people are not good at listening to others, and that it is a skill ...

  • Blogs

    What does it feel like to be a PCT manager?


    PCTs will disappear from 2013 - what does it feel like to be a manager in one?

  • Blogs

    Should we eradicate dyslexia?


    There are some highly successful and influential people who have dyslexia, and some might argue that it is this that has given them the abilities they needed to succeed. What are the positive aspects?

  • Blogs



    How effective are you at networking? Do you get the best out of it, and do you know what works best?

  • Blogs

    Good to Great


    Andy Burnham’s vision for the NHS for the next 5 years - preventative, people-centred, productive. Oh, and computers….

More by Anne Axford