More than a third of performance indicators for health in the borough require “significant improvement.”

Waltham Forest Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board were presented with the report by public health analysts at a meeting on Wednesday.

A total of 11 out of the 27 indicators used, including mental health referral rates, flu vaccine uptake and the number of smoking quitters, are “significantly worse” than in London and across England.

Waltham Forest Council and the area’s Clinical Commissioning Group work together to provide, monitor, fund and maintain health services in the borough.

One indicator on a downward trend is the percentage of eligible children who have received their MMR booster vaccines on or after their fifth birthday.

The authority’s target was for 90 per cent of children in the borough to receive their MMR booster jabs, but currently only 75 per cent of children have had them.

That is below the national average of 87.6 per cent and the London average of 79.5 per cent.

Similarly, the proportion of students referred to mental health services by their schools stands at 15 per cent; half of the 30 per cent target.

The national average for referrals stands at 22.6 per cent and across London it is 22.3 per cent.

Another indicator that requires improvement is the number of affordable homes the council built last financial year; this is used to indicate the borough’s level of support for residents to live longer, happier and healthy lives.

For the financial year April 2017 to March 2018, 180 affordable homes were completed, just short of its target of 188.

Only 373 people in the borough gave up smoking last year. The national average is 1,882 and the London average is 2,309.

The report was produced to give the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board a summary of the performance of health services in the borough.

All indicators were also measured for how they have contributed to the authority’s aims of giving residents the best start in life, ensuring healthy, longer, happy lives, encouraging a “thriving maturity” and protecting communities.

Waltham Forest CCG has outlined how it plans to tackle these issues in its annual report 2017-2018.

Among other policies in the report, the CCG outlines how it recruited seven young people to become Young Mental Health Champions for Waltham Forest, as part of their action to tackle youth mental health problems.

The report also details the group’s support for the national Stay Well This Winter campaign that encourages flu vaccine uptake during the winter months.

A spokesman for Waltham Forest Council said: “This Health and Wellbeing Board scorecard helps us identify areas where we can improve so that we can explore them in more detail to understand reasons for the current level of performance. Summary action plans associated with each indicator form part of the scorecard, some of which help to refine existing programmes of work.

“The HWB provides an opportunity for the local system to discuss how partnership working allows us to address issues where improvement is needed. Work on priority areas is undertaken in many different ways across the local system and involves a wide range of partners.

“The council and NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group are committed to working closely together to provide the support that residents of Waltham Forest deserve to enjoy fulfilling and healthy lives.”

Waltham Forest CCG was also contacted for comment.