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Gender Pay Gap Report FY 2023

Very Sad Announcement About Our Colleague Paran

We are extremely sad to be announcing the sudden and untimely passing of our friend and colleague Paran Nithiananthan, our long-term and highly-valued associate at our Alpha Dental Care Fairfield practice.

Paran was taken ill only a few days ago and was unable to fight off a bacterial infection which caused brain inflammation that could not be controlled.

He leaves his wife Claire and two small children – our hearts go out to them and his wider family at this awful time. Claire is well known to many in the old Alpha team having previously worked at both our Chester-Le-Street and Fairfield practices, where she first met Paran.

We are grateful to Claire for keeping us updated as Paran fought this infection albeit ultimately in vain – his legacy will always live on not least through the 7 people he helped at the end through organ donation – so brave, so Paran.

Paran hailed from Teesside and graduated from Manchester University in 2010, where he joined Alpha Dental Care Fairfield only five months after the practice opened, and when Alpha Dental Care had only been established for two years. He was Neeraj Diddee’s first Foundation Dentist and remained at the practice throughout, developing his clinical skills with Neeraj’s continued mentorship to become a highly respected and skilled clinician.

Paran himself became an Educational Supervisor for new graduates giving something back to the profession he loved. He was very much looking forward to continuing this journey in our new Vitality Fairfield practice, which he had helped us plan for.

This news has been a shock to everyone who knew Paran and this will be a difficult time for the tight-knit Alpha Fairfield team, who we know will be supported by their Riverdale colleagues.

For his many patients we know this will be a shock to you all as well. Please be reassured that we will ensure any outstanding treatment is completed and over time will make provision for your on-going care.

We are sure everyone will afford our Alpha Dental Care Fairfield practice the time and space it needs at this difficult time.

A book of condolence has been placed in the entrance to our Fairfield practice for people to leave their messages. In addition, a website has been set up in memory of Paran where anyone can leave tributes or memories, as well as make donations to worthy causes – this can be viewed by clicking here.

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Gender Pay Gap Report FY 2022


Riverdale Healthcare is a group of independent dental practices located across England. Following the establishment of the Group in December 2018, we have grown rapidly acquiring 59 practices and a dental laboratory to date. As a group we are now focusing on developing our people processes and policies as well as embedding our values. This activity has included the introduction of a pay structure for our practices, which has rewarded our employees and has addressed pay inequalities in our acquired practices. The benefit of this will continue to be visible in our 2023 report.



We Care About People

‘We are kind to each other. We build relationships and support each other’s development to fulfil our aspirations and be happy and engaged.’
‘We have fun together, with a ‘can -do’ attitude, delivering outstanding care to the people in our communities to live life with confident and happy smiles.’


We Practice with Integrity

‘We provide high quality ethical dental care. We believe in giving choice to both our patients and our clinicians.’
‘We are open and honest and always act with integrity. We commit to always do the right thing, for our people, patients, communities and the environment.’


We Like Different

‘We embrace individuality. We are diverse and inclusive and want the unique character of our practices to shine through, just like an extended family.’
‘We listen to each other, giving everyone a voice. We respect each other’s opinions, learn from each other, creating an environment for our teams to flourish.’




The gender pay gap is the difference between the average (mean or median) earnings of men and women across a workforce. Since 2017, employers with a headcount of 250 or more must comply with regulations on gender pay gap reporting. This requires employers to annually report and publish specific data about their gender pay gap from the defined snapshot date which is the 5th of April.



No bonus payments were made in 2022






Most of our practice employees are women where we do not have a gender pay gap. We also operate an Apprentice programme in our practices who begin their careers on a lower rate of pay with an increase upon qualifying.

Our support and operational roles across Riverdale typically attract a higher rate of pay. Riverdale supports career progression for our practice employees into support and operational roles.



Women are represented at senior management level. Since the last report we have recruited a female People and Culture Director and a female Operations Director.

Nurse pay has been increased at a higher % compared to our support and operational teams and we have introduced some additional Nurse levels offering career pathway. As our Nurse Cohort are predominantly women, we will continue to see the benefits of these initiatives in future reports.

We are committed to encourage and facilitate career progression via internal applications for operational and central support roles.

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