Bob Cranmore's letter (NCE 10/17 August) made a very useful contribution to overcoming the current skills shortage. As he says, there are experienced people around who could make a useful contribution and also be cost effective.
The idea of a database or register hosted by the Institution sounds to me like one worth pursuing and I for one would be happy to help in getting it started.
It is not just technical expertise which is required but also the softer skills of communications, managing difficult situations and coordination. Then there is the opportunity to pass on some of this experience to those rising through the ranks.
This kind of approach would certainly help overcome the present shortages while not offering unfair competition to those still in full time employment.
Is there support for this? If so, let's get something started.
Alan Lovell (F), 8 Blenheim Crescent, Farnham, Surrey.