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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


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

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Research Output 2010 2018

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
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Health Services Research
Sample Size
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Compression Bandages
Articular Range of Motion

Letter to the editor

Reel, S. M., 1 Jan 2016, In : Journal of Forensic Identification. 66, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

44 Citations (Scopus)

Estimation of stature from static and dynamic footprints

Reel, S., Rouse, S., Vernon OBE, W. & Doherty, P., 10 Jun 2012, In : Forensic Science International. 219, 1-3, p. 283.e1-283.e5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Linear Models

Activities 2016 2018

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 3 Oral presentation

Collaborative Success: A Case Study Involving the Work of Forensic Podiatrists and Footwear Examiners

Sarah Reel (Speaker)
3 Aug 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

Gait Analysis as Evidence - Preparing for Competency Testing

Sarah Reel (Speaker), Ivan Birch (Speaker)
30 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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

Competency Testing of Footprint/Feet-In-Shoes Examination Workshop

Sarah Reel (Speaker), Ivan Birch (Speaker)
7 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation