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2016 – present.
Senior Lecturer in Podiatry. School of Human and Health Sciences. Part-time.

2012 – present     
Consultant Expert Witness (forensic podiatry), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Part-time. Maintains an active forensic casework and research role when required by the podiatry service.

2015 – 2016     
Allied Health Professions Specialty Group Research Lead for Yorkshire and Humber region, National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network. (NIHR YHCRN AHP specialty co-lead). Part-time. I co-led the development of regional Clinical Research Network activity for AHPs, encouraging local teams to participate in NIHR CRN portfolio studies, building upon local clinical strengths and research interests and priorities. 

1999 – 2016      
Specialist Podiatrist based at Harrogate District Hospital NHS FT. Part-time 

1998 –2015      
Private practitioner (self-employed), Harrogate. Part-time

1992 - 1998     
Career break to raise children

1989 –1992     
Private locum sessions at central Manchester podiatry practice.

1988 –1989    
News-reader for BBC Radio Manchester (evenings only.)

1987 – 1992     
Senior 2 Chiropodist. South Manchester Health Authority.

1986 - 1987    
Singing tutor. Concert production experience, TV and radio appearances. University of Salford

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Measurement reliability and validity
  • International Standards in Forensic Science

External positions

External Examiner, New College Durham

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2023

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Forensic Podiatry
  • Identification of Bare Footprints and Footwear
  • Reliability and Validity Issues of Measurement
  • Standards and Quality

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Research Output 2010 2019

Code of practice for forensic gait analysis

Reel, S., Birch, I., Saxelby, J. & Reidy, S., 12 Dec 2019, Crown Copyright. 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

The development of the forensic gait analysis quality assurance process in the UK

Reel, S., 2 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) Gait analysis in forensics. Birch, I., Nirenberg, M., Vernon, W. & Birch, M. (eds.). CRC Press / Taylor Francis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)

Brief interventions to de-escalate disturbances in emergency departments

Edward, K. L., Giandinoto, J. A., Weiland, T. J., Hutton, J. & Reel, S., 22 Mar 2018, In : British Journal of Nursing. 27, 6, p. 322-327 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Hospital Emergency Service
4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Health Services Research
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1 Citation (Scopus)
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Activities 2016 2019

  • 7 Invited talk
  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 PhD Examination

Forensic Podiatry

Sarah Reel (Speaker)
1 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


PhD Thesis Examiner

Sarah Reel (Examiner)
17 Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

An Introduction to Footprint Analysis with Casework in the Criminal Justice System

Sarah Reel (Speaker), Selina Reidy (Speaker)
24 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Professional Standards for Gait Analysis as Evidence

Sarah Reel (Speaker), Ivan Birch (Speaker)
2 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation