Beck qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 2003. She subsequently worked in hospital and community posts across the East and West Midlands before pursuing specialist training in Public Health. This involved 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.
Beck returned to the University of Birmingham to work with Jayne Parry and Jonathan Mathers on the NIHR Policy Research Programme-funded national evaluation of the Health Trainer role. This work informed the development of Beck’s doctoral work, exploring the mechanism of health improvement delivered by lay and community health workers, involving workers supporting pregnancy, breastfeeding and young families (awarded 2016).
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. She works closely with maternity services, staff and women to develop and deliver projects to improve health and service improvement and inform local and national policy. Her focus is on real-world implementation of health improvement interventions and policies in complex health systems.