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

Dr  Beck Taylor

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Academic

Contact details

Department of Public Health
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Beck joined the School of Health and Population Sciences in 2008, following several years’ experience in hospital, community and public health medicine.

She currently works on the Maternity and Child Health theme of the West Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) programme, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


  • FFPH 2015
  • MPH 2007
  • MBChB 2003
  • BMedSc 2001


  • Beck completed her undergraduate medical training in 2003, following which she worked as a junior doctor in hospital and community posts in the East and West Midlands.  She was drawn to public health work by a growing interest in population medicine, and the discrepancies in health and wellbeing between different patient groups she observed in frontline clinical practice.  Between 2006 and 2012 she undertook Public Health specialty training in the West Midlands, working in Primary Care Trust, Strategic Health Authority, Health Protection Agency and academic placements, and gaining a Master’s in Public Health, Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, and entry onto the Public Health Specialist Register.  During this time she undertook service-based projects which built upon her interests in health inequalities, maternal and infant health, and migrant health.
  • Beck undertook a training placement the University of Birmingham in 2008 to work with Jayne Parry and Jonathan Mathers on the first national evaluation of the Health Trainer role.  This experience prompted her to join the University on a permanent basis as a Clinical Research Fellow, to develop a doctoral research programme, qualitatively exploring the mechanism of health improvement delivered by lay and community health workers in UK settings.  She also completed her specialist public health training during this time.
  • In May 2014 Beck joined the Maternity and Child Health Theme of the West Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) programme. 


  • MBChB
  • MPH

Postgraduate supervision

Beck is interested in supervising doctoral research in the use of Lay and Community Health Workers in the delivery of health and wellbeing services


Maternity and Child Health

As part of the CLAHRC team, Beck works closely with local stakeholders to produce research which responds to local population and service needs.  She is currently involved in projects using a range of methods, including:

  • Exploring the impact of early postnatal discharge from hospital
  • Developing approaches to improve place of birth discussion by midwives
  • Evaluating implementation of a new home birth service.

Lay and community health workers

Beck’s ongoing doctoral work attempts to get inside the ‘black box’ of lay and community health worker services, and uncover the mechanism by which they deliver health improvement in UK settings.  She has also explored lay worker policy, practice and implementation through the national evaluation of the Health Trainer Service, and analysis of the Big Society concept.

Other activities

Beck is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England.


    1. Jones E, Taylor B, Pritchett R, Cummins C, MacArthur C (2016).  The effect of early postnatal discharge from hospital for women and infants: A systematic review protocol.  Systematic Reviews8;5(1):24.
    2. Henshall C, Taylor B, Kenyon S (2016).  A systematic review to examine the evidence regarding discussions by midwives, with women, around their options for where to give birth  BMC Pregnancy and Chidbirth. 14;16(1):53.
    3. Mathers J, Taylor B, Parry J(2016).  Measuring the impact of Health Trainers Services on health and health inequalities: does the service's data collection and reporting system provide reliable information?
    4. Mathers J, Taylor B, Parry J (2015). The Challenge of Implementing Peer-Led Interventions in a Professionalized Health Service: A Case Study of the National Health Trainers Service in England. Milbank Quarterly, 92(4):633-840.

    5. M.S. Sidhu, N.K. Gale, P. Gill, T. Marshall, B. Taylor, K Jolly. (2014) A systematic review of lay-led group-based self-management interventions for minority-ethnic populations diagnosed with long term conditions in high income countries.  Diversity and equality in health and care, 11(3):225-236.
    6. Mathers J, Taylor R, Parry J.  (2012) Formulation and implementation of evidence-based public health policy in political environments: the health trainer service initiative in England. The Lancet; 380:S18.
    7. Marshall T, Taylor B, Hothersall E, Pérez-Martín L.  (2011) Plagiarism: a case study of quality improvement in a taught postgraduate programme. Medical Teacher;3(7):e375-e381. 
    8. Taylor B, Mathers J, Atfield T, Parry J. (2011) What are the challenges to
      the Big Society in maintaining lay involvement in health improvement, and how
      can they be met? J Public Health 33(1):5-10.