Portrait of Dr Sarah Reel Dr Sarah Reel

s.m.reel@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472853



Biography

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 and Scholarship

I am working on the following projects: 
•    The reliability and validity of dynamic bare footprint data captured using a walkway developed by Everspry of Dalian, China – a pilot study.
•    Validity of crime scene footwear mark recovery – a collaborative study with Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Identification Bureau.
•    A systematic review of the literature examining brief interventions when dealing with aggression in emergency departments with meta-analysis.
•    An investigation to assess ankle mobility in healthy individuals from the application of multi-component compression bandages and compression hosiery.


Publications (prior to joining University):

Walker, J., Reidy, S., Reel, S. & Birch, I. (2016) The work of the Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s Forensic Podiatry Unit. Podiatry Now. Vol 19 (4) 20-21 

Reel, S. (2016) Letter to the Editor. Re: Ghosting of images in barefoot exemplar prints collection: Issues for analysis. Journal of Forensic Identification, Vol 66 (1) 1

Reel, S., (2013) Development and Evaluation of a Valid and Reliable Footprint Measurement Approach in Forensic Identification. PhD Thesis. Held by York St John University and University of Leeds.

Reel, S., Rouse, S., Vernon, W. & Doherty, P. (2012) Estimation of stature from static and dynamic footprints. Forensic Science International, 219, 283.e1-283.e5
    
Reel, S., Rouse, S., Vernon, W. & Doherty, P. (2010) Reliability of a two-dimensional footprint measurement approach. Science & Justice, 50, 113-8.
 
Vernon, W., Brodie, B., DiMaggio, J., Gunn, N., Kelly, H., Nirenberg, M., Reel, S. & Walker, J. (2010) The role and scope of practice in forensic podiatry. Identification News. Vol 40 (1) 22-2

Invited presentations for Conference:

Date: 2016
Subject: ‘A project to determine the cause of the ghosting effect seen in dynamic footprints’
Venue: 101st International Association for Identification Educational Conference, Cincinatti, Ohio

Date: 2016
Subject: ‘The use of bare footprint evidence in a homicide investigation – a case study’
Venue: 101st International Association for Identification Educational Conference, Cincinatti, Ohio

Date: 2015
Subject: ‘Bare Footprint research’ 
Venue: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference

Date: 2015
Subject: ‘The use of Bare Foot Impression Evidence for Forensic Identification’ (2 hour workshop)
Venue: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference

Date: 2015
Subject: ‘The Use of Forensic Podiatry in Crime Scene Investigations’
Venue: College of Policing

Date: 2015
Subject: Footprint morphology in identification
Venue: 100th Educational Conference of the international Association for Identification, Sacramento, CA

Date: 2015
Subject: ‘The National Institute for Health Research and the Clinical Research Network’
Venue: Yorkshire and Humber Allied Health Professions Annual Conference 

Date: 2015
Subject: ‘The development of bare footprint research in forensic identification’
Forensic Forums Annual Conference

Date: 2014
Subject: ‘Footprint research in forensic identification: Past, present and future.’
Venue: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, Bournemouth.

Date: 2013
Subject: ‘Is GNU Image Manipulation Program a viable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in digital footprint measurement?’
Venue: 98th Educational Conference of the International Association for Identification, Providence, RI

Date: 2013
Subject: ‘Forensic Podiatry’ 
Venue: Evolution Podiatry Conference, New College Durham

Date: 2013
Subject: ‘Translating planned research objectives into a successful thesis submission’ 
Venue: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Conference York St John University

Date: 2012
Subject: ‘Development of a valid and reliable footprint measurement approach in 
forensic identification.’ 
Venue: Forensic Science Society Inaugural Postgraduate Research Symposium, Warwick University 

Date: 2012
Subject: ‘In Search of a Black Swan. Reliability of a Two-Dimensional Footprint Measurement Approach.’ 
Venue: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, Glasgow, SECC

Date:  2012
Subject: ‘Estimation of Stature from Static and Dynamic Footprints.’
Venue:  Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, Glasgow, SECC 

Date: 2012
Subject: ‘Time to embrace…Validity, Reliability and Accuracy.’
Venue: 97th Educational Conference of the International Association for Identification, Phoenix, AZ

Date: 2011
Subject: ‘The Reliability and Validity of a Two-Dimensional Footprint Measurement Approach in Forensic Examination’
Venue: 96th Educational Conference of the International Association for Identification, Milwaukee, WI

Date: 2010 
Subject: ‘Evaluation and interpretation of forensic evidence – the use of Bayesian statistics and likelihood ratios’
Venue: Forensic Science Society Conference, Sheffield
 
Date: 2010 
Subject: ‘Accurately Calculating Stature from Footprint Length: Is it necessary?’
Venue: 95th Educational Conference International Association for Identification, Spokane, WA

Date: 2009 
Subject: ‘Bare footprint research’
Venue: 94th Educational Conference International Association for Identification, Tampa, FL 

Date: 2008 
Subject: ‘The development and critical evaluation of a criterion footprint measurement approach in forensic examination.’
Venue: Yorkshire AHP Research and Effectiveness Forum, University of York St John.
 
Date: 2008
Subject:  ‘The development and practice of forensic podiatry’
Venue: Allied Health Professions Conference, Harrogate.
 
Date: 2008 
Subject: ‘The development and critical evaluation of a criterion footprint measurement approach in forensic examination.’
Venue: 93rd Educational Conference International Association for Identification 
Louisville, KY.
 
Peer-review
I have peer-reviewed articles for the following journals and books: Bare Footprint Identification. (Chapter in Forensic podiatry: principles and methods. DiMaggio JA, Vernon W. New York, NY: Humana Press 2011), Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, PLOS ONE, Journal of Forensic Identification, Science and Justice, Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Vernon, W., Simmonite, N., Reel, S. and Reidy, S. (2017) ‘An investigation into the cause of the inner dark areas and outer lighter areas (ghosting) seen in dynamically-created two-dimensional bare footprintsScience and Justice . ISSN 1355-0306

2016

Atkin, L., Stephenson, J., Parfitt, G., Reel, S., Ousey, K. and Fallon, B. (2016) ‘An investigation to assess ankle mobility in healthy individuals from the application of multi-component compression bandages and compression hosieryJournal of Foot and Ankle Research , 9, p. 18. ISSN 1757-1146

Esteem

2016 – Present. Examiner for the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 

2016 – Present. Elected member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists Certificate of Professional Competence Board

2015 –Present. Elected Chair of the Science and Practice Forensic Podiatry Subcommittee. International Association for Identification.

2014 – Present. Lead Assessor for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (Certificate of Professional Competence). 

2015 – Present. Elected member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists Membership and Ethics Board

2015 – Present: Member of the European Division of the International Association for Identification 

2015 – Present: Awarded Chartered Scientist status from the College of Podiatry

2013 – Present: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow), Faculty of Podiatric Medicine 

2011 – Present: Member of Forensic Podiatry Special Advisory Group

2009 – Present: Professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science
 
2006 – Present: Member of the International Association for Identification 

1986 – Present: Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

2013 – 2016: Elected member of the Clinical Research & Development Group, Harrogate & District NHS FT

2012 – 2016: Chair of Harrogate and District NHS FT Podiatry Journal Club

Research Degree Supervision

Interests include: Measurement reliability and validity, International Standards in Forensic Science. Currently co-supervising PhD student, thesis title: Podiatrists and Venous Disease: An ethnographic study

Enterprise Activities

2015 – Present. Everspry, Dalian, China. EverOS shoeprint scanner and stand-on scanner for use in police custody suites. Interested in extending this use to include footprint collation for database. Footprint reliability/validity issues need to be determined first.
2016. Collaborative research with Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Identification Bureau validating footwear mark recovery. 
2016. Collaborative work with London Metropolitan Police and Secure Societies Institute (University of Huddersfield)
 

Administrative Responsibilities

Year 1 Tutor

Teaching and Professional Activities

HFP2000 Clinical Podiatry 1

HMP1021 Introduction to Forensic Podiatry