Dr Beck Taylor BMedSc, MBChB, MPH, FFPH, PhD

Beck Taylor

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Senior Lecturer
Honorary Consultant in Public Health

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Beck is a Clinical Senior Lecturer working on the Maternity Theme of the NIHR West Midlands ARC programme. She is also an Honorary Consultant at Public Health England. Her research focuses on evaluating maternity services and policy, working in collaboration with women and staff. As a public health doctor she is trained to think at population and system-level. She has skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation and evidence synthesis, designing research which matches the method to the research question.

Interests include:

  • Organisation and improvement of health systems, particularly in maternity.
  • The role of the workforce in health improvement, particularly the role of midwives, community health workers and paraprofessionals. 
  • Inequalities and health improvement in maternal and child health.


  • PhD 2016
  • FFPH 2015
  • Higher Education Academy Associate 2013
  • MPH 2007
  • MBChB 2003
  • BMedSc 2001


Beck qualified in medicine, working in a range of specialties before moving into clinical public health in roles across the East and West Midlands. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2009 to work on an NIHR-funded national evaluation, and undertake a doctorate focusing on the role of community health workers, alongside completing specialist training in public health.   

Since 2014 Beck has worked on Maternity Theme of the West Midlands NIHR CLAHRC and ARC programmes, working with maternity services, staff and women to improve services, outcomes and policy. She is also involved in a number of nationally-funded research projects. 

Her focus is on real-world evaluation and implementation of health improvement interventions, pathways and policies in complex health systems, including the use of rapid methods to deliver findings quickly.


Postgraduate supervision

Beck is available to supervise PhD students in areas related to her current research interests.


Key research interests include maternity and child health, health service organisation and policy, and public health. 

Current/recent work includes:

- NIHR ARC projects to explore, evaluate and improve:

- Neonatal jaundice pathways

- 24-7 obstetrician presence on the labour ward

- Early postnatal discharge

- Midwife perspectives of continuity-based models of care

-Impact of COVID-19 on postnatal care

  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Assets-based feeding help Before and After birth (ABA-feed trial) (NIHR PHR)
  • Local Authority Research Systems: identifying the capacity and infrastructure needs of Birmingham City Council (NIHR PHR)
  • Tackling Multimorbidity at Scale MuM-PreDiCT (UKRI/NIHR)
  • Achieving closure?  Improving outcomes when care homes close. (NIHR Programme Grant)
  • Evaluation of policy-driven local transformation of maternity services (NHS-funded)

Other activities

  • Honorary consultant contract held with Public Health England (since 2017)


Recent publications


Morad, S, Pitches, D, Girling, A, Taylor, B, Fradd, V, MacArthur, C & Kenyon, S 2021, '24 hour consultant obstetrician presence on the labour ward and intrapartum outcomes in a large unit in England: a time series analysis', PLOS One, vol. 16, no. 3, e0249233. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249233

Guo, P, Xu, D, Liew, Z, He, H, Brocklehurst, P, Taylor, B, Zhang, C, Jin, X & Gong, W 2021, 'Adherence to traditional Chinese postpartum practices and postpartum depression: a cross-sectional study in Hunan, China', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 12, 649972. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.649972

Kokab, F, Jones, E, Goodwin, L, Taylor, B & Kenyon, S 2021, 'Community Midwives views of postnatal care in the UK; a descriptive qualitative study', Midwifery.

Gardiner, E, Lai, JF, Khanna, D, Meza, G, De Wildt, G, Taylor, B & Kiguli, J (ed.) 2021, 'Exploring women’s decisions of where to give birth in the Peruvian Amazon; why do women continue to give birth at home? A qualitative study', PLOS One, vol. 16, no. 9, e0257135. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257135

Yu , M, Gong, W, Taylor, B, Cai , Y & Xu , DR 2020, 'Coping styles in pregnancy, their demographic and psychological influences, and their association with postpartum depression: a longitudinal study of women in China', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 10, 3654. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103654

Jones, E, Taylor, B, MacArthur, C, Bradshaw, S, Hope, L & Cummins, C 2020, 'Early postnatal discharge for infants: a meta-analysis', Pediatrics, vol. 146, no. 2, e20193365. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-3365

Bradshaw, S, Bem, D, Shaw, K, Taylor, B, Chiswell, C, Salama, M, Bassett, E & Cummins, C 2019, 'G127(P) Scoping review: improving health, wellbeing and parenting skills in parents of children with medical complexity and special health care needs', Archives of Disease in Childhood. https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2019-rcpch.123

Bradshaw, S, Bem, D, Shaw, K, Taylor, B, Chiswell, C, Salama , M, Bassett , E, Kaur, G & Cummins, C 2019, 'Improving health, wellbeing and parenting skills in parents of children with special health care needs and medical complexity: a Scoping Review', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 19, 301. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-019-1648-7

Taylor, R, Cross-Sudworth, F, Goodwin, L, Kenyon, S & MacArthur, C 2019, 'Midwives’ perspectives of continuity based working in the UK: a cross-sectional survey', Midwifery, vol. 75, pp. 127-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2019.05.005

Naylor-Smith, J, Taylor, R, Shaw, K, Hewison, A & Kenyon, S 2018, ''I didn't think you were allowed that, they didn't mention that'. A qualitative study exploring women’s perceptions of home birth', BMC pregnancy and childbirth, vol. 18, 105. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1733-1

Taylor, R, Henshall, C, Litchfield, I, Kenyon, S & Greenfield, S 2018, 'Can rapid approaches to qualitative analysis deliver timely, valid findings to clinical leaders? A mixed methods study comparing rapid and thematic analysis', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 10, e019993. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019993

Jones, E, Taylor, R, Rudge, G, MacArthur, C, Jyothish, D, Simkiss, D & Cummins, C 2018, 'Hospitalisation after birth of infants: cross sectional analysis of potentially avoidable admissions across England using hospital episode statistics', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 18, 390. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1360-z

Henshall, C, Kenyon, S, Taylor, R, Goodwin, L, Farre, A & Jones, E 2018, 'Improving the quality and content of midwives’ discussions with low-risk women about their options for place of birth: co-production and evaluation of an intervention package', Midwifery, vol. 59, pp. 118-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.01.016

Taylor, R, Henshall, C, Goodwin, L & Kenyon, S 2018, 'Task shifting Midwifery Support Workers as the second health worker at a home birth in the UK: a qualitative study', Midwifery, vol. 62, pp. 109-115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.03.003


Goodwin, L, Taylor, R, Kokab, F & Kenyon, S 2018, 'Postnatal care in the context of decreasing length of stay in hospital after birth: The perspectives of community midwives', Midwifery, vol. 60, pp. 36-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.02.006

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