FAQs for Magic Trainers


Working as a Breathe Magic Trainer in our Breathe Magic intensive Therapy Foundation Programme  gives students and qualified therapists in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy the chance to gain hands-on experience of working with children with hemiplegia.

A small number of places are also available for psychologists, speech and language therapists, and doctors (qualified or in training).

Each trainer works 1-to-1 with a child in a group setting for the duration of the intensive 10-day programme, supporting them to use both hands for all parts of the day: during the magic training sessions, when they are eating and preparing food, during play and during costume-making sessions.

Previous trainers have found the experience to be hugely rewarding, as well as helping to increase their professional skills and knowledge (and offering them a CPD certificate).


What is the minimum time commitment needed?

To ensure you and the children get the greatest benefit, you must be able to attend all 10 days of camp. Ideally you should also be able to attend the monthly clubs following camp, but we understand this may not be possible for those who live further afield.

We have a lot of interest in our Magic Trainer posts so do prioritise applicants who can commit to attending the monthly clubs following camps, in addition to the 10-day camp itself.

For qualified clinicians, we can consider job-sharing with either a colleague or another qualified clinician, enabling you to work 5 days each on an alternating basis. Please state on your application form if you’d like us to consider this.


Which professional disciplines do you accept applicants from?

We accept applications from students and qualified therapists in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. We also have a small number of places for those from Psychology and Speech & Language therapy.


How do you allocate Breathe Magic Trainer posts?

We allocate places based on the following (in order of priority):

  • Able to attend all 10 days of camp
  • Able to commit to attending both camps and clubs. Where more than one camp is taking place over a period of time, we may prioritise those who can commit to attending more/the majority of the camps.
  • Previous experience working with children, with and/or without disabilities (i.e. through voluntary work, paid employment or from university practice placements)
  • Previous experience working with people with neurological conditions or in neuro-rehab (i.e. through voluntary work, paid employment or from university practice placements)
  • An interest in creative arts within healthcare
  • References


Do I need DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance?

Yes, your role involves working with children so it is essential you have enhanced DBS certification. For students under an affiliated university this must be less than 3 years old and for qualified clinicians, clearance must be less than 12 months old. If you do not have enhanced DBS clearance or it is out of date, we will run one for you.


Do you accept applications from overseas?

Yes, we welcome applications from other countries. If you are successful we will need a copy of your country’s equivalent of DBS clearance which is less than 3 months old.


When do I hear if my application has been successful?

We aim to contact all applicants around 4-8 weeks before camp starts. If successful, you’ll be invited to attend an interview either face-to-face or via Skype.


What if my availability changes or I can no longer attend?

Please let us know by email as soon as possible.


Will you check my references?

If you are a student or clinician not already known to us, we will check references before potentially offering you a position. If you make it to our shortlist, we’ll let you know and ask you to advise your referees that we’re likely to be in touch.


What support and/or training do I receive?

Before camp starts, all trainers complete a mandatory Children’s Safeguarding module online. Then you attend a one-day training session to prepare you for your role. This includes an overview of childhood hemiplegia, the principles of motor learning theory and their applications to the Breathe Magic Camp programme, plus all you need to know about the day-to-day running of the camp and your role within it.

During the day at camp you will have support and assistance from Breathe staff. When you’re working 1-to-1 with your allocated child, you’ll be regularly visited by the lead clinician, magicians and mentors (children who have previously attended a camp, are familiar with the programme and assume a leadership role), as well as performance artists for the afternoon theatre sessions.

All staff meet twice daily (morning and afternoon) to discuss the day and each child, resolve any challenges and make further plans.


What are the other benefits of working as a Breathe Magic Trainer?

You receive training and extensive first-hand experience in clinical applications of an intensive task-focussed bimanual therapy programme. You’ll experience close support and supervision, working clinically with children with a wide range of hemiplegic presentations.

You will be exposed to factors such as tone, weakness, dystonia, passive range limitations, scaling of and adapting activities based on varying presentations and needs, as well as many other factors applicable within a paediatric neurological setting.

All of the above will be fabulous for your CV in terms of knowledge and clinical experience. And as well as the satisfaction you’ll get from seeing children grow and develop their skills, you’ll learn how to perform a number of magic tricks to wow friends and family!


Do I get a certificate for my CPD portfolio?

Yes – all Magic Trainers on the programme receive a certificate for their CPD folder, giving an overview of the programme and the Magic Trainer role.


I live far away. Is accommodation available?

Unfortunately we cannot provide accommodation. We may be able to help you find somewhere suitable to stay in London – please let us know if you’d like some guidance.


Do you pay travel costs?

As a not-for-profit social enterprise company we unfortunately don’t have the budget to contribute to travel expenses, so Magic Trainers need to pay their own. We do offer a small number of bursaries for volunteer students, please contact us for more information about the bursaries.


The camp location is too far away for me to attend – will you run camps in different locations in future?

We hope to continue to expand and run Breathe Magic camps across the UK to reach and benefit as many children with hemiplegia as possible. In addition to those in London, we have run camps in Surrey and in Cardiff in the past.


If you’d like to discuss the potential for bringing a Breathe Magic Camp to your area, please do get in touch.