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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

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

Forward with Forensics

Reel, S., Reidy, S., Birch, I. & Saxelby, J., 2 Apr 2020, Podiatry Now, 23, 04, p. 28 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

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

    Reel, S., 7 Jul 2020, Forensic Gait Analysis: Principles and Practice. Birch, I., Nirenberg, M., Vernon, W. & Birch, M. (eds.). 1 ed. CRC Press / Taylor Francis

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    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
  • 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
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    • 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