Revalidation Requirements for Hand Hygiene Auditors and Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators – NHHI
Annual revalidation is a method of ensuring all Hand Hygiene Auditors and Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators remain up to date with their knowledge of the 5 Moments and audit practices. This ensures valid and reliable data for the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI).
Revalidation Requirement for Hand Hygiene Auditors
The revalidation requirement for Hand Hygiene Auditors is to complete the Hand Hygiene Auditor Assessment each year.
Hand Hygiene Auditor Lapsed Pathway
Auditors who do not maintain their auditor status:
- will lose auditor access to the HHCApp to enter audit data
- must pass the Hand Hygiene Auditor Assessment to regain their auditor status and access to the HHCApp.
Validation Requirements for Existing General Auditors
The old validation requirements for General Auditors were to submit 100 hand hygiene moments in the HHCApp and complete the Hand Hygiene Auditor Annual Validation online learning module in the NHHI LMS each year.
Validation requirements for existing General Auditors will depend on when their annual validation is due.
If their annual validation is due between June and September 2023, existing General Auditors can choose either the old or new validation requirements. If their annual validation is due after 1 October 2023, they must revalidate under the new requirement (i.e. completing the Hand Hygiene Auditor Assessment each year).
Revalidation Requirements for Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators
The revalidation requirements for Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators are:
- maintaining their auditor status by completing the Hand Hygiene Auditor Assessment each year in the NHHI LMS
- facilitating at least three Hand Hygiene Auditor or Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator training sessions over a three-year period, recorded in the NHHI LMS.
Over a three-year period, Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators can conduct either:
- three training sessions for Hand Hygiene Auditors OR
- three training sessions for Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators OR
- two sessions for Hand Hygiene Auditors and one session for Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators OR
- one session for Hand Hygiene Auditors and two sessions for Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators.
Co-facilitating a training session with other HAEs also counts as long as it is recorded in the NHHI LMS.
Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator Lapsed Pathway
Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator status is valid for three years.
Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators must follow the revalidation requirement and lapsed pathway for their auditor role and the lapsed pathway for their educator role.
If the requirement of facilitating three auditor training sessions over three years via the NHHI LMS is not met, the Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator:
- will lose their educator access to the NHHI LMS
- cannot provide any Hand Hygiene Auditor or Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator training until they complete the Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator Lapsed Training Pathway in the NHHI LMS, including the:
- Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator eLearning module
- Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator Facilitated Training Session
- Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator Scenario-based Assessment.
Validation Requirements for Existing Gold Standard Auditors
The new Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator training pathway was launched in June 2023, and this training pathway will be mandatory from 1 January 2024.
A Gold Standard Auditor who wants to transition to a Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator must complete the new validation requirements when they are due for their annual validation. If they completed the old annual validation requirements before 1 August 2023, they must complete the new requirement before 31 December 2023.
The new requirement is to complete the GSA to HAE Validation Training Pathway in the NHHI LMS.
This ensures all Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators have the standardised knowledge and skills to deliver Hand Hygiene Auditor and Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator training. Once they complete the GSA to HAE Validation Training Pathway, they can start training auditors and educators using the new training environment and resources in the NHHI LMS. Their facilitated training sessions will be recorded in the NHHI LMS and recognised for future revalidation.
All of the old training resources will be removed from the NHHI LMS by 1 October 2023.
Existing Gold Standard Auditors have been automatically enrolled in the GSA to HAE Validation Training Pathway. The training pathway will be listed on their Task List in the NHHI LMS until 1 January 2024. If the training pathway is not on your Task List, please complete the NHHI Help Desk Contact Form for assistance.
For a Gold Standard Auditor who wants to maintain their auditor status only, they must follow the validation requirement for existing General Auditors.