Auditor Training

The HHA hand hygiene compliance auditing method is by direct observation of healthcare workers. Direct observation by trained and validated observers is the gold standard to monitor compliance with the 5 Moments for hand hygiene, and allows the comparison of complaince rates nationally.

To ensure the consistency and validity of the data standardised training and validation processes are required. 



Auditor Validation

Annual validation is recommended for auditors to remain up-to-date with their knowledge of the 5 Moments definitions and audit practices. All trained auditors should complete annual validation to maintain their auditor status. 

Annual validation recommendations include:

  • Collection of at least 100 moments 
  • Completion of the Annual Auditor Online Learning Module

It is the responsibility of the Hand hygiene lead for each organisation to ensure all auditors meet their annual validation requirements. Auditors who have not met the above criteria should discuss this with their hand hygiene lead to create a plan to regain validated auditor status.

Lapsed auditor recommendations include:

  • Completion of an auditor learning module
  • Further theory training with the hand hygiene lead/ other auditor
  • Practical auditing training with the hand hygiene lead/ other auditor

Once deemed suitably retrained, the auditor is considered validated and can resume data collection for their organisation.

How to Train a Hand Hygiene Auditor

Auditor training should only be conducted by validated Auditor trainers. 

Auditor Training could consist of a number of defined sessions, including:

  • The 5 Moments for HH Theory
  • How to Audit Using the defined tools
  • Identifying the Moments video examples
  • A practical ward session
  • Written Quiz
  • Practical Quiz