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.