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RMN Behaving Badly

RMN Behaving Badly

By RMN Behaving Badly
A topical, political and occasionally nonsensical podcast about mental health nursing in the UK.
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World Mental Health Day special get-together episode!
Finally your hosts have managed to record an episode in person! Ed went to Scotland for a wee break and managed to find Stuart next to a loch and, surrounded by our respective families, we recorded an episode for World Mental Health Day on Ed's phone, complete with wind noise, spouses and children adding to the colourful atmosphere. What's the purpose of "mental health for all" when we can't even look after ourselves? Don't expect any answers...
October 10, 2020
Episode 21 - What is it now?
Your truculent attendants return with their unique brand of righteous rage and clinical comedy. Covid, inequality and more risible Hancockery. Be sure to subscribe: Apple: Spotify: SoundCloud: Pocket Casts: Google Podcasts: The blog and all manner of other nonsense is on our website at: Made possible by our amazing patrons - you can join them at Find us on Twitter at Music is by the inimitable
October 5, 2020
Episode 20 - Yurt
Back with a brand new theme tune! After an electoral hiatus, Ed & Stuart return with a new tune and less of an idea of anything that's been happening in the real world. What's going on with pay and trades unions? What should we be doing as lefties and professionals? And what is Matt Hancock wearing? All this and more in your brand new episode of RMN Behaving Badly Be sure to subscribe: Apple: Spotify: SoundCloud: Pocket Casts: Google Podcasts: The blog and all manner of other nonsense is on our website at: Find us on Twitter at Music is by
September 6, 2020
Episode Meh
Where have we gone? A short note to explain. It has nothing to do with a Russian oligarch, we deny that completely.
August 16, 2020
Episode 19 with Nurses United
Welcome to Episode 19, where we interview our friends Rachel Ambrose and Anthony Johnson from Nurses United. How does a new political campaigning group work? And what can every nurse do to get involved? More info at Subscribe: Apple:…ly/id1490747777 Spotify:…W8QTyk32lnNnsAyg SoundCloud: @rmnbehavingbadly Pocket Casts: Google Podcasts:…L3NvdW5kcy5yc3M Stitcher: Intro music is: I Want It by EpiJay ( Outro music is: Egmont Overture by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
August 1, 2020
Episode 18 - with Elizabeth Anionwu
In this extra-long episode, Stuart and Ed are joined by the esteemed Elizabeth Anionwu who, after her pioneering work on sickle cell anaemia, the Mary Seacole statue and appearing on Desert Island Discs, can now finally say she's reached the lofty peak of being on our wee show. You can find out more about Elizabeth's work here: Join in more nonsensical leftie chat on Twitter: The pod is: Stuart is: Ed is: Previous episodes, blog, links to our social media and shownotes are available from our website: Intro music is: I Want It by EpiJay ( Incidental music is: Peaceful by Luca Fraula Link: License: Outro music is: Aunt Tagonist by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 15, 2020
Episode 17 - Lockdown Comedown
This episode Stuart and Ed talk about the comedown from weeks of pandemic lockdown, the challenges for nursing and public health until eventually they just lose it at the sheer ridiculousness of inept leadership and start giggling. It's been a tough few weeks, after all... maybe we need that goat to come visit again? All of these episodes are made possible by our wonderful patrons; their generosity pays for hosting, technology, live shows and supporting our guests. If you'd like to join them in supporting the show, visit Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Spotify, Apple or wherever you find podcasts. Intro music is: I Want It by EpiJay ( Outro music is: Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 30, 2020
Episode 16 - LIVE! with Darren McGarvey
Stuart and Ed are joined by award-winning author and rapper Darren McGarvey (aka Loki) to discuss his book "Poverty Safari" and the intersection of inequality, poverty and mental health in this dynamic and thought-provoking episode. You can join in the debate about mental health nursing and social issues by following us on Twitter @RMNBBpodcast, @StueyMcKenzie and @EdFreshwater. Darren is on Twitter @lokiscottishrap, his website is his award-winning book Poverty Safari is available from Luath Press, and is also available on Audible. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, PocketCasts, Soundcloud and all the other places where a pod might be cast. Go on and share the links with all your friends. This podcast is made possible thanks to our patrons which send us a few quid every month to keep things going and growing. In particular we want to thank Becky Hoskins, Cecilia Wigley, Daisy H, Derrick Tyson, Jennie Lee Sims, Lauren Kennedy, Lee Oughton, Maureen Dolan, Sarah Hivey, The Venerable Lady Ali Upton, Billy Drysdale, Dionne Daniel, Katie Sutton, Nat Frater, Natalie Brooks, Paul Jebb, Paula Shiels, Phil Noyes, Shari Auldyth, Rod Thomson and Andrea Spyropoulos. . If you'd like to join them and support the work of the podcast, visit Intro music is: I Want It by EpiJay ( Outro music is: Too Cool by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 13, 2020
Episode 15 - LIVE! with Lee & Murdo
Stuart and Ed talk mental health, nursing and politics, and are joined for this free live show by acclaimed singer/songwriter Murdo Mitchell and Britain's Got Talent winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy. Thank you for joining us for the third LIVE! show of RMN Behaving Badly, and extra special thanks to our amazing guests Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy and Murdo Mitchell. Keep on arguing and calling out the nonsense on Twitter @RMNBBpodcast, Stuart is @StueyMcKenzie and I'm @EdFreshwater, Lee is @LostVoiceGuy and Murdo is @MurdoMitchell.  If you need a goat in a virtual meeting, get yourself to and follow @CronkshawFold because there’s nothing quite so wonderful as having a goat on Zoom. Our website where you can find show notes, our blog, sign up to the mailing list, link to our social media accounts and listen to all our previous episodes. Lee's book is available from that evil megalith Amazon or his website You can buy Murdo's CD by punting a tenner to him at and he'll even pay the postage. Huge thanks to our patrons who make the podcast and our live shows possible, and a special shout out to Rod Thomson, Becky Hoskins, Daisy, Jennie Lee Sims, Lauren Kennedy, Lee Oughton, Sarah Hivey, the venerable Ali Upton, Billy Drysdale, Katie Sutton, Nat Frater, Maureen Dolan , Paul Jebb, Paula Shiels, Phil Noyes, Natalie Brooks and Shari Auldyth. You can join these fine colleagues and many more by visiting We are of course a topical podcast relying on daft people doing the wrong thing for our content, so a special shout out to Matt Hancock and the Conservatives for their continued ineptitude; without them we'd have far less to talk about. Although, of course, we'd sooner have a health minister we could cheer on and wasn't about as much use as one of his stupid apps. Please make sure you subscribe to this podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, PocketCasts, SoundCloud and all the other places where a pod might be cast. Leave us a review on iTunes too, we're only in this for the ego boost. Intro music is: I Want It by EpiJay ( Outro and incidental music by Kevin McLeod: Comic Hero by Kevin MacLeod Link: License: Pixel Peeker Polka - faster by Kevin MacLeod Link: License: Join us again on June 13th where we'll be joined by acclaimed rapper and author Darren McGarvey; we'll be talking inequality, mental health, and probably mentioning Liaison Coordinators. If you want to be fully prepped, buy his book Poverty Safari right now and send in your questions. Once again thanks for listening and, until we see you again, stay well, stay safe. Speak to you soon.
May 31, 2020
Episode 14 - with Andrea Spyropoulos
Stuart & Ed are joined by legendary nurse leader Andrea Spyropoulos. We’re talking about nurse activism, where we’ve been, where we are and where we need to go. Links to stories, our blog and all of our previous episodes are on our website at We’re also on Facebook and Instagram, just search for RMN Behaving Badly. Special thanks to our all our patrons, particularly our friends Becky Hoskins, Daisy, Jennie Lee Sims, Lauren Kennedy, Lee Oughton, Sarah Hivey, Billy Drysdale, Katie Sutton, Nat Fraster, Paul Jebb, Paula Shiels, Phil Noyes and Shari Morris. Our fabulous patrons keep this podcast going and it means we can put on live gigs, host a good quality chat and all the other stuff we do. To become a patron, visit We’ve got three tiers, and if you join as a Half-Cocked Friend or higher you’ll get your name read out in the credits too.
May 18, 2020
Episode 13 - LIVE! with the Susans
Join podcast hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater as they're joined by comedians Susie McCabe and Susan Morrison for a night of comment and comedy with a mental health nursing flavour. Become a patron of the podcast and get your name in the credits! Join us on Patreon here:
May 10, 2020
Episode 12 - Random Blather
Ed & Stu gather round their respective microphones to talk politics and mental health amid the chaos of lockdown and Covid19, plus news of ANOTHER free comedy show we're putting on for you ABSOLUTELY FREE on May 9th. Register here:…-I1NmhVult3RJsLoX
April 30, 2020
Episode 11 - LIVE! with John Scott
Join regular RMN Behaving Badly hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater as they discuss topical and political issues relating to mental health nursing in the UK. In the first ever live show, they're joined by comedian and expert by experience John Scott.
April 19, 2020
Episode 10 - News of the LIVE! show
Stuart & Ed bring you news of our upcoming LIVE! show on Saturday 18th April, 9pm with comedian John Scott. The show is free on Zoom - just follow the link to register and get your password: 
April 10, 2020
Episode 9 - Excel-lent
The Lockdown Hysteria starts to kick in as Stuart and Ed chat about their new sweeping executive powers...
March 30, 2020
Episode 8 - Walk A Mile
In this episode, Ed interviews author and activist Chris Young on his experiences as a professional, service user and part-time wandering loon.
March 25, 2020
Episode 7 - M-m-m-my Corona
Stuart & Ed take a wry look at the latest developments in UK mental health nursing, and maybe take a crack at some policy or other...
March 16, 2020
Episode 6 - The Marmot Review
Stuart & Ed reunite to discuss the findings of the recent update to the Marmot Review, and to see what happy shennanigans Matt Hancock has been up to...
February 28, 2020
MH Nurses Day special part 4 - JBW
MH Nurse and fellow podcaster John Barry Waldron joins regular host Stuart McKenzie ahead of MH Nurses' Day 2020
February 21, 2020
MH Nurses Day Special part 3 - Jennie Lee Sims
Join Stuart McKenzie and Jennie Lee Sims as they talk about what mental health nursing means to them, ahead of Mental Health Nurses' Day on 21st February.
February 20, 2020
MH Nurses Day Special part 2 - C'Mon Phil The Noyes
Staff-side rep, RNMH and RNLD Phil Noyes joins Stuart McKenzie to talk about what makes Mental Health Nursing important to him.
February 19, 2020
MH Nurses Day Special part 1 - Leanne Patrick
Stuart McKenzie interviews NQN and polymath Leanne Patrick ahead of Mental Health Nurses' Day 2020
February 18, 2020
Episode 5 - Tree Nurses
A whirlwind of content recorded and edited in a whirlwind of poor internet, political incompetency, hospital admissions and viral outbreaks. Join us for another hour of Hancock's Half Cocked, funding news, Mental Health Nurses' Day, an ill-judged comment about Boris, trains, trees, and secret references to baked products.
February 12, 2020
Emergency Statement
We are addressing rumours of our imminent sale to US health interests.
February 9, 2020
Episode 4 - Hancock's Half Cocked
Join regular hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater, with special guest Steve Ford (Editor, Nursing Times) discussing what's new where mental health nursing and politics collide. Some silliness too...
January 25, 2020
Episode 3 - Strike!
Regular hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater are joined by nurse activist Maureen Dolan from Northern Ireland, discussing the nurses' strike action - the first time in 103 years that RCN members have voted for industrial action.
January 7, 2020
Episode 2 - Christmas Bonus
Episode 2 - Christmas Bonus. Thanks to everyone who's working over the festive period, you're amazing and you are really making a huge difference.
December 24, 2019
Episode 1 - The Absolute State Of This
It's here at last, our extremely amateur attempt at podcasting just to get the ball rolling on the intersections of mental health nursing and politics. Ed Freshwater and Stuart McKenzie draw some broad brushstrokes on the absolute state of society after the general election, some issues facing us as nurses and a couple of thoughts on where we need to go.
December 18, 2019